WHO moves into high gear to combat Zika, microcephaly: expert

February 2, 2016 11:15 AM

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GENEVA The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it was gearing up to combat the microcephaly outbreak in Latin America linked to the Zika virus, which it feared could spread to Asia and Africa that have "the highest birth rates in the world".

Anthony Costello, a WHO expert, said that the U.N. agency was drawing up "good guidelines" for pregnant women and gathering experts to work on a definition of microcephaly including a standardized measurement of babies' heads.

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