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Understanding the Zika Virus: An Explainer

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is spreading "explosively" from Brazil across the Americas, according to the World Health Organization, which on Monday declared it an international health emergency. The WHO has estimated that as many as 4 million people could be infected this year in the Americas alone. The virus is "strongly suspected" of causing microcephaly, a disabling birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains, the...

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