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Zika could have catastrophic effects

Fighting Zika is tough also because those infected may not show any visible symptoms

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 

Soon after recovering from the shock of the deadly Ebola virus, the world is threatened with the onslaught of another virus, called Zika, which has a potential to quickly blow up into a pandemic. Within six months of its outbreak in Brazil, this vector-borne virus has already spread to 23 countries.

The forthcoming Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, may further heighten the risk of its dispersal across the globe given about 500,000 people are expected to throng the venue of the games. The World Health Organization (WHO), which was criticised for its slow response to Ebola, has lost ...

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First Published: Tue, February 02 2016. 21:39 IST
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