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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Zika virus outbreak Latin America could turn a global pandemic. Many scientists say the outbreak could be more serious than the Ebola virus. Ebola killed over 11,000 people West Africa 2014 and 2015. The WHO estimated that the Zika virus could infect four million people the end 2016. The virus has been advancing South and Central America the past year. Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, warned that Zika is "spreading explosively". She added that it has quickly gone being a mild threat to being frightening. Warmer weather means the mosquito that carries the virus is also spreading worldwide.

The Zika virus is linked a large rise in birth defects Brazil and surrounding countries. In particular, scientists say it causes a disease called microcephaly. This is where a baby is born a smaller head than normal, and with brain damage. Health officials Brazil reported that 4,000 babies were born microcephaly last year. This compares to fewer than 150 cases 2014. The Colombian government has just reported that more than 2,100 pregnant women in Colombia are infected the virus. There is no vaccine for Zika and it will be difficult to find one. A doctor said a vaccine would have to be tested pregnant women, and that would be "a practical and ethical nightmare".

 
 

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