2.4.16: Concerns on the rise over Zika Virus
PARIS (AP) — The head of the Pan American Health Organization says more resources are needed quickly if the region is to fight the Zika outbreak. It’s spread in the Americas and has been liked to a birth defect that causes infants to have unusually small heads. Health ministers from Latin America held an emergency meeting in Uruguay on Wednesday. Every nation in the region was encouraged to devote more money to expand mosquito control campaigns, bolster health services and educate the public on the dangers.
Meanwhile, health emergencies have been declared in four Florida counties because of the Zika virus. That’s because there have been at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness. The counties are Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.