Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks -WHO

February 12, 2016 7:05 PM

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Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks -WHO

GENEVA/LONDON The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

A sharp increase in microcephaly cases in Brazil has triggered a global health emergency over the mosquito-borne virus, which had previously been viewed as causing only a relatively mild illness, and has spurred a race to develop a vaccine, medicines and better diagnostic tests.

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