The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the “explosive” spread of the Zika virus, which is linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America.
“Last year the disease was detected in the Americas, where it is spreading explosively,”
Margaret Chan, the WHO director general, said at a special briefing in Geneva. It was “deeply concerning” that the virus has now been detected in more than 20 countries in the Americas, she added.
The spread of the virus has prompted governments across the world to advise pregnant women against going to the areas where it has been detected.
Chan said: “The level of alarm is extremely high. Arrival of the virus in some cases has been associated with a steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads.”
Another epidemic the WHO has already lost control of, it seems. Time for another antismoking summit, obviously.
And I suppose that before and after the Zika virus has become a global pandemic, the WHO bosses will all look a bit like this: