WHO chief convenes emergency meeting on Zika virus

The World Health Organization will convene a meeting of an expert committee to determine if the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said Thursday.

"The level of alarm is extremely high," Chan told WHO member state representatives in Geneva.

The disease, which has been tentatively linked to a spike in babies born with malformed heads in Brazil, has spread to 23 countries and territories in the Americas, according to Chan.

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