WHO launches global response to address Zika outbreaks

The World Health Organization on Wednesday launched a global response to address the Zika outbreak and the birth defects associated with it.

The “ZIKA Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan” lasts from January to June.

It will focus on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that could be linked to it.

WHO says 56 million U.S. dollars is required to implement the response plan, of which 25 million dollars would fund the WHO response and 31 million dollars would fund the work of key partners.

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is causing international alarm after spreading quickly in South and Central America and the Caribbean.

The WHO declared the Zika outbreak a global public health emergency on Feb. 1.

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