WHO issues $56M plan to combat Zika virus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that $56 million is needed to combat the Zika virus through June, including fast-tracking vaccines and diagnostics.

The funds, including $25 million for the WHO itself, would also be used to control the mosquito-borne virus that has now spread to 39 countries and has beenlinked to birth defects in Brazil, as well as research studies.

“Research studies are needed in order to assess: 1) presence of the Zika virus in semen and other body fluids, including pregnancy-related fluids; and 2) potential sexual transmission, and mother-to-child transmission,” said the WHO Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan issued in Geneva.


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