Is Matthew 24 Playing Out With ‘Explosive’ Virus Spreading in Alarming Proportions?

The Zika virus—linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil—is spreading “explosively” and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Director-General Margaret Chan told members of WHO’s executive board that the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions and that she was convening experts to assess it.

“Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region,” Chan said, promising that the WHO would act fast.

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