More than half of Brazil’s pregnant women have been infected with the Zika virus, and authorities have said the number could grow.
The latest numbers from the Brazilian health ministry showed that more than 1,000 pregnant women had tested positive for the virus.
The country has seen a spike in infections in recent days, prompting the government to issue an emergency decree to quarantine pregnant women.
A pregnant woman is carried in an ambulance to an emergency room in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 16, 2017.
The WHO said Wednesday that Zika infections in Brazil and other Latin American countries are on track to exceed the global average of 2.3 million cases.
The WHO has said there is no evidence to suggest that Zika causes birth defects.