The World Health Organization on Thursday called an emergency committee on the Zika virus, which is “spreading explosively” and suspected of causing birth defects.

The meeting, scheduled for Monday, will examine whether the Zika outbreak should be classified as an international health emergency, WHO said in a statement.

WHO’s Director General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas. “The level of alarm is extremely high,” she said.

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