Zika crisis fuelled by 'massive' mosquito control failures: WHO chief

2016-05-23 19:28
China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone via AP)

China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone via AP)

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Geneva - The spiralling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is the result of decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

"The spread of Zika ... [is] the price being paid for a massive policy failure that dropped the ball on mosquito control in the 1970s," WHO chief Margaret Chan told the opening of the UN health agency's annual assembly.

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