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Zika virus alarms public health authorities internationally

Zika virus alarms public health authorities internationally

U.S. and international health authorities are raising the alarm about a tropical disease spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean that they suspect is linked to a devastating brain disorder in babies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization conducted conference calls Thursday urging precautions and calling for the development of a vaccine to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Most of the time the virus doesn't sicken people, but about one in five has flu-like symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes lasting up to a week. But officials suspect it may be linked to microcephaly, in which brain development...

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