WHO says there is a “toxic” dose of the virus circulating in the Americas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “serious risk” to health as Zika strains spread.
The virus has already been linked to microcephaly in babies.
It has also been linked with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological condition that can cause muscle weakness, paralysis and deafness.
A number of countries, including Brazil, are now in the middle of the pandemic, including a number of Latin American countries.
The outbreak has caused a “huge increase” in the number of cases and deaths, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said in a statement on Thursday.
She said the number was expected to continue to increase as people returned home from countries affected by the outbreak.
“The virus has infected hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil and the Caribbean, in addition to tens of thousands in other countries,” Dr Chan said.
“People are showing symptoms like fevers, coughs, sore throats, and fatigue. “
“But it is not clear how many of those people are really infected with the virus, because it can cause a lot more than symptoms.””
We need to be vigilant. “
But it is not clear how many of those people are really infected with the virus, because it can cause a lot more than symptoms.”
We need to be vigilant.
We need to monitor all aspects of people’s behaviour, and that means keeping a close eye on the virus.
“I hope the pandemics can be avoided, but we also have to be mindful of the risk.”
The World Bank said it was warning that “there is a real risk of a huge resurgence of the disease” after it was confirmed in Brazil that Zika could be transmitted through sexual contact.