The World Health Organisation has officially declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency following reports of thousands of cases of birth defects linked to the virus across Brazil.
The organisation called for a co-ordinated international response to the virus and work towards a vaccine and better diagnostics.
They said it is not necessary to curb travel or trade due to the virus though.
WHO believes the move will help fast track international action and research priorities.
Although we don’t have much to fear here in Australia when it comes to Zika virus, there has been a case of a pregnant woman who became infected reported.