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Zika Virus Likely Spread to Asia

The Daily Dawn
Dawn Desk Report

Zika infection "highly likely" to keep spreading in Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Zika virus has been linked to hundreds of cases reported in Singapore microcephaly, while in two cases already has been confirmed in Thailand.

Mosquito-borne virus has been detected in 70 countries worldwide, at least 19 in the Asia-Pacific region. WHO Director Margaret Chan said the experts were still looking for ways to deal with the virus.

Zika virus in Asia, "New outbreaks, a report released Monday at the annual meeting in Manila of its outbreak, WHO said it is" highly likely that the region will continue to report new outbreaks of new cases and possibly Zika ".

Aedes mosquitoes widely region, which sees a high volume of travel, is available from the carrier of the disease. The regional population is still uncertainty about the level of immunity, the report added.

"Unfortunately, scientists still [Zika about] many critical questions are not answered," Mrs. Chan said at the meeting. Although the virus is known to have existed in Asia for decades, he noted that the first signs of its presence in certain countries in which travelers Zika infection has been confirmed once they returned home just came from.

"This is an indication of poor surveillance of the population-wide immunity, or evidence that the virus somehow have greater epidemic potential acquisition?" He asked. 

Zika has an impact, but it is usually mild microcephaly with severe birth defects of the brain deformation, has been linked to more dangerous for pregnant women. The last large-scale outbreak originated in Brazil.

 

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