WHO sounds Zika virus alert in India

New Delhi: World Health Organization on Friday sounded “Zika Virus” alert in India.

The virus is caused by the aggressive Aedes aegypti mosquito that also causes Dengue and Chikungunya.

According to reports, it is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and can infect upto four million people.

The outbreak began in Brazil 2015 and has now spread to 24 countries in the Americas, causing serious birth defects and other neurological problems like microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with an abnormally small head.

There are currently four categories of countries globally: one, countries who have the virus as well as the birth malformations, like Brazil, two, countries only with the virus, like Colombia, three, countries, like India, who have the vector, and four, countries like Chile and Canada who do not have the vector.

The epicenter of the virus outbreak is Rio, where 2016 Olympics are to be held.

Apart from India, World Health Organization has warned rest other countries too.

News24 Bureau