Fox News Channel article U.N. officials have warned of an unprecedented outbreak of Zika in the Americas, and they’re sending out warning shots to those who have yet to become infected.
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that at least 10,000 people are known to have been infected and that another 5,000 have been tested.
It said that the number of cases in the United States is higher than the number in other countries, but it has not yet confirmed that the outbreak is a global one.
Zika virus: A map of the West and East of the AmericasZika is spreading rapidly in the world’s most populous country, and experts fear that the virus is turning more people into its sufferers.
There are currently around 15 million Zika cases in Latin America, according to the United Nations.
But the World Health Assembly has warned that the epidemic is only expected to get worse.WHO: WHO says most people are at risk of contracting Zika virus in developing countriesThe virus is now spreading throughout Brazil, which is home to around half of the country’s population of 10 million.
In neighboring Colombia, it has also been found in people.
The WHO said Wednesday the number and severity of cases are still rising, but its death toll could exceed 10 million in Brazil and Colombia, according.
WHO: WHO warns of ‘unprecedented’ Zika outbreakZika infection rates are increasing in Brazil, where the government has launched a $3 billion campaign to contain the virus.
The WHO said Tuesday that at a time when the country is fighting an economic crisis and is facing a severe air and water shortage, the epidemic poses a risk to all Brazilians.
Brazil has had only two known cases of the Zika virus.
Its first recorded case in 1947, a woman who contracted the virus from a man who had traveled to Colombia.
But it was discovered in Brazil in 2010.WHO’s Dr. Richard Carraway said it is possible that Brazil could soon see a significant rise in cases of Zika.
He said Zika has been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition that causes the immune system to attack healthy cells, but experts are still unsure if that is linked to the virus itself.WHO is urging Brazil to get more people tested and said that people who are already infected should get tested again.
But if they still don’t get tested, the agency urged Brazilians to stay home until they get tested.