The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Zika virus could become a global pandemic. Scientists say the outbreak could be more serious than the Ebola virus. Ebola killed over 11,000 people. The WHO estimated that the Zika virus could affect four million people this year. The virus is advancing across South and Central America. Dr Margaret Chan of the WHO warned that Zika is "spreading explosively". She added that it has quickly gone from being a mild to a serious threat. The mosquito that carries the virus is spreading worldwide because of warmer weather.



The Zika virus is linked to a rise in birth defects in South America. Scientists say it causes a disease called microcephaly. This is where a baby is born with a smaller head, and with brain damage. In Brazil there were around 4,000 babies born with microcephaly last year. In 2014, there were just 150 cases. Colombia's government just reported that more than 2,100 pregnant women in Colombia have the virus. It is difficult to find a vaccine for the Zika virus. A doctor said a vaccine needs to be tested on pregnant women. This would be "a practical and ethical nightmare".

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Sources
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/zika-virus-infects-more-than-2100-pregnant-colombian-women/
  • http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/30/zika-virus-health-fears
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zika_virus


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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a global

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the virus

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the outbreak could be more serious

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pandemic

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the Zika virus could

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weather

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Central

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"spreading explosively"

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the WHO warned that Zika is

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than the Ebola virus

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a serious

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affect four million people

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The mosquito that carries

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threat

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warmer

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America



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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linked to a rise in birth

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needs to be tested

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it causes a disease called

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damage

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brain

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defects

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there were just 150

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microcephaly

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It is difficult to find a

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nightmare

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a vaccine

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women

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pregnant

g.

cases

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a practical and ethical

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vaccine

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has (1) ___________________ Zika virus could become a global pandemic. Scientists say the outbreak could (2) ___________________ than the Ebola virus. Ebola killed over 11,000 people. The WHO estimated that the Zika (3) ___________________ four million people this year. The virus is (4) ___________________ South and Central America. Dr Margaret Chan of the WHO warned that Zika is "spreading explosively". She added (5) ___________________ quickly gone from being a mild to a serious threat. The mosquito that (6) ___________________ is spreading worldwide because of warmer weather.

The Zika virus is linked (7) ___________________ birth defects in South America. Scientists say (8) ___________________ disease called microcephaly. This is where a baby is born with a smaller head, and with (9) ___________________. In Brazil there were around 4,000 babies born with microcephaly last year. In 2014, there were (10) ___________________. Colombia's government just reported that more than 2,100 pregnant women in Colombia have the virus. It is difficult (11) ___________________ vaccine for the Zika virus. A doctor said a vaccine needs to be tested on pregnant women. This would be "(12) ___________________ ethical nightmare".





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TheWorldHealthOrganisation(WHO)haswarnedthattheZikaviruscou
ldbecomeaglobalpandemic.Scientistssaytheoutbreakcouldbemores
eriousthantheEbolavirus.Ebolakilledover11,000people.TheWHOest
imatedthattheZikaviruscouldaffectfourmillionpeoplethisyear.Thevir
usisadvancingacrossSouthandCentralAmerica.DrMargaretChanofth
eWHOwarnedthatZikais"spreadingexplosively".Sheaddedthatithas
quicklygonefrombeingamildtoaseriousthreat.Themosquitothatcarri
esthevirusisspreadingworldwidebecauseofwarmerweather.TheZika
virusislinkedtoariseinbirthdefectsinSouthAmerica.Scientistssayitca
usesadiseasecalledmicrocephaly.Thisiswhereababyisbornwithasma
llerhead,andwithbraindamage.InBraziltherewerearound4,000babie
sbornwithmicrocephalylastyear.In2014,therewerejust150cases.Co
lombia'sgovernmentjustreportedthatmorethan2,100pregnantwom
eninColombiahavethevirus.ItisdifficulttofindavaccinefortheZikaviru
s.Adoctorsaidavaccineneedstobetestedonpregnantwomen.Thiswou
ldbe"apracticalandethicalnightmare".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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