The latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that the virus has already infected more than 3.6 million people in 24 countries.
The figure is higher than the WHO previously reported, but still only one-tenth of the total global population.
The WHO report says that in countries with at least one case of the Zika-like virus in a population of at least 1.2 million, the risk of death from the disease is 5.7 per 1,000.
In the rest of the world, the death rate from the virus is 4.3 per 1.000.
Zika virus: a timeline article The WHO has released a report that is expected to draw in experts and politicians.
Its called The Global Health Update and is due to be released in the coming weeks.
As the world grapples with the pandemic, the report looks at what the current threat is and the way forward.
“The virus is spreading rapidly, with the number of confirmed cases in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia reaching unprecedented heights.
These new infections are particularly alarming, as the virus appears to be able to replicate and spread from person to person.
This poses significant risks for the international community, which is increasingly reliant on governments to keep the public up-to-date with the situation.
But there is hope for the future, as more research and clinical trials are underway in many countries and laboratories are already being used to test new vaccines.
In the meantime, the virus seems to be spreading at a slower rate in parts of Africa, with no clear pattern emerging from the data.
So far, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said that it has seen no signs of an uptick in the numbers of people arriving in its emergency food distribution centres, and that it is already seeing a reduction in the number who come into its borders.