In a matter of weeks, the Zika virus has gone from a concern to an all-out global crisis. In fact, the World Health Organization recently declared it a public health emergency of international concern which will bring more money and resources to fight it.
Health officials are investigating a potential link between the mosquito-borne disease and hundreds, perhaps even thousands of babies born with abnormally small heads.
There is no cure, no vaccine and each day it seems the warnings are getting worse.
“Americas Now” anchor Elaine Reyes sits down with Dr. Marcos Espinal from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to discuss what is known and what is not known about the Zika virus. Dr. Espinal is the Director of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis at PAHO, in charge of disease prevention and control.
Dr. Espinal gives his honest assessment of the virus and tells us what we can expect to see next.
Check out Elaine’s interview for “Americas Now” below.