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The spread to more countries comes as Brazil reported 340 more possibly related microcephaly cases.
An alarming number of countries are reporting cases, as clinicians find more links to microcephaly and other neurologic complications.
Also, the WHO provided more details about recent cases in Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela.
Cape Verde reported its first Zika illnesses, while Panama and Honduras confirmed additional cases.
El Salvador notes a GBS spike that may be linked to Zika, and St. Martin and Guadeloupe report their first local cases.
All areas that harbor Aedes are vulnerable, and the Dominican Republic now has a local case.
Zika outbreaks are getting high-level attention, and Brazil reports 287 new microcephaly cases.
The committee will meet Feb 1 to discuss the growing threat and possibly related neurologic complications.
Today's emergency declaration was tailored to spur coordinated international study into the possible serious complications of the disease.
Seven outbreak countries are seeing a rise in microcephaly or Guillain-Barre disease.
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