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REUTERS/Google/GoogleThe United States has long been plagued by a pandemic, but the latest data on the spread of the Zika epidemic suggest the U.S. is facing a new one.
The U.K. reported Tuesday that the virus is killing a record number of people every day, and more than one in three Americans have been infected.
But experts are worried that the epidemic could spiral out of control in a matter of months if it continues to spread unchecked, particularly in poorer countries.
“We need to do everything we can to reduce the number of new infections, but we’re not there yet,” said David Himmelstein, director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Zika response.
Himmelbaum said the U, U.N. and European governments have agreed to work with the Trump administration to find a “quick, targeted and cost-effective” way to contain the virus.
The World Health Assembly in New York has also called on the Trump White House to “stop the pandemic now, and prevent new cases from spreading”.
The Trump administration has said it will keep fighting Zika as long as it can, but experts say they believe the virus will eventually take over the world.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was “looking forward to continuing to work closely with the governments of the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to fight this global menace”.
“The United Nations and our partners are working with us to keep this pandemic under control, but I am also looking forward to the tremendous outpouring of support from all around the world that is coming our way,” he said.
The White House has not responded to a request for comment.
On Tuesday, the U inked a $2.9 billion deal to fund the WHO’s Zika response, but officials have said the money won’t be used to combat the virus, but instead to boost the capacity of local governments to help fight the virus and prevent it from spreading.
“The US. and other countries are working together to address the Zika crisis.
I have been assured that the US will continue to be a leader in Zika and other health-related international cooperation,” WHO Deputy Director-General Stephen O’Brien said in a statement.
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