Thursday, March 3 2016 14:48 EET
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According to BBC News, Google's charitable arm has donated $1m (£710,000) to Unicef with an aim to help stop the spread of the Zika virus.

There is a presumption that the dangerous virus may be connected to a large number of babies born with underdeveloped brains in Brazil.

In February, the World Health Organization included the Zika virus into the list of the most life-threatening viruses, declaring it a global public health emergency.

Google asserted that its grant would contribute to raising awareness on this particular infection. Moreover, it would help to reduce mosquito populations and support the creation of new vaccines.

"Today we have Google engineers working with Unicef to analyse data, to determine how to map and anticipate the virus," the company has written in its blog post.

The firm's team of volunteers directs their efforts to open-source software that will be able to collect and compare data, such as weather and travel information, to help forecast the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

Google also emphasized that it had updated its search engine, so now it is able to show explicit information about Zika. The approved data is available in 16 languages, having been tailored to make it understandable for visitors of the US and other countries. Another advantageous step of the company consists in cooperation with popular YouTube channels in Latin America to produce informative videos about the virus.

The World Health Organization has classified the Zika virus into the category of serious global threats, indicating that it is as dangerous as Ebola.

However, unlike Ebola, where aid organizations focused on getting "boots on the ground" to treat patients and prevent transmission. In case of Zika, it is vital to understand the virus' connection with microcephaly.

Microcephaly is when a baby is born with an uncommonly small head, as the brain has not developed in a proper manner.

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