CDC director says WHO declaration 'calls world to action' on Zika

February 1, 2016 7:19 PM

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CHICAGO The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday the World Health Organization's declaration of Zika as a global health emergency will focus new attention and resources on fighting the virus.

U.S. CDC Dr. Thomas Frieden said the declaration "calls the world to action" on Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to thousands of cases of a birth defect in Brazil and is rapidly spreading in Latin America.

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