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Zika Virus Outbreak Now A “Global Emergency”

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The World Health Organization declared Monday that the Zika virus has reached the status of a global emergency.

The last time WHO used that classification came during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

The virus has been linked to babies being born with a birth defect known as microcephaly, or abnormally small heads.  It has led to travel bans to a growing list of countries, mainly in Central and South America.  Dozens of cases in the U.S. have been reported.

The virus has been traced back to Brazil and is spread by mosquitoes.

The declaration of a “public health emergency” allows for more money, resources, and scientific research to be dedicated to try and find a cure or treatment.

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