WHO expert panel: Growing evidence that Zika causes birth defects

Data collected over the past weeks provides "increasing evidence that there is a causal relationship" between the Zika virus and birth defects observed in Latin America, a World Health Organization expert panel says.

The data that national health authorities have provided to WHO also point to a causal link between Zika an other neurological disorders that have been observed, WHO says.

The virus has now been linked not only to babies born with small heads, but also to foetal death, foetal growth problems and other neurological problems, WHO chief Margaret Chan said.

The expert panel said development of new mosquito control measures should be stepped up "with particular urgency."

Last update: Tue, 08/03/2016 - 19:56

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