Health workers spray insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Brazil's health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus linked to birth defects. (Photo: Leo Correa/AP Photo)

The widening spread of the Zika virus in Brazil and elsewhere has raised concerns globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced an emergency meeting in Geneva on Monday to address this potential pandemic.

The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and appears to hold the most potential danger for pregnant women, although its effects are still being studied. WHO officials estimate that three to four million people could become infected over the next 12 months.

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