Zika Virus Will Spread Across Americas, Warns World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization said Monday that the Zika virus, which is linked to brain deformities in fetuses, will spread to all but two countries in the Americas. In Brazil, nearly 4,000 suspected cases have been reported since October, compared with fewer than 150 cases in all of 2014. The WHO statement comes after El Salvador, Jamaica and Honduras advised women to delay pregnancies. We discuss the Zika virus, how it is transmitted and what the increase in cases means for international travel.


Jason Beaubien, global health and development correspondent, NPR

Kirsten Salmeen, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, UCSF