WHO says virus linked to Zika outbreak in Brazil

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that the Zika virus is circulating in Brazil, with up to 6,000 cases and at least 10 deaths linked to the virus.

The WHO report, released on Friday, said that more than 70 percent of Brazil’s cases and deaths were in the northeast of the country, with some of the most severe cases in Rio de Janeiro, where more than 1,300 people have died and millions more have been infected with the virus in the past week.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which monitors and reports on the health of more than 120 countries, said the region’s Zika epidemic could be “an early warning signal of future transmission.”

The virus is spreading through Brazil in ways that are different from previous cases of the virus, according to WHO officials.

In some parts of the southeast, the WHO said, a local outbreak has also been linked to transmission of the new strain.

The outbreak of the Zika in Brazil is similar to the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the virus that has killed more than 6,400 people, according a report by UNICEF on Friday.