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Thailand investigates four cases of suspected Zika-linked microcephaly

Thailand investigates four cases of suspected Zika-linked microcephaly

The other nine newly reported cases were linked to Miami-Dade, with three dating from July.

"If a case of Zika-related microcephaly is confirmed then it would be the first confirmed case in the WHO Southeast Asia region", said Michael Vurens van Es, World Health Organization regional spokesman.

Health officials are advising pregnant women or people interested in getting pregnant in the near future not to travel to places where Zika Virus is spreading locally. The reported cases were in residents of Prentiss County, who recently traveled to the island of Grenada in the West Indies.

The mayors of Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach on Sunday accused the Florida Department of Health of lying after the state agency said last week that it never told local officials to hide the locations in Miami Beach where mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus were captured.

Zika is commonly transmitted through Aedes mosquitoes.

Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. Well, today the Ministry of Health held a press conference to clarify the figures in that report, and also to discuss what those numbers mean for Belize.

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There is no treatment or vaccine for Zika infection.

Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Even before Friday's announcement by representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that "evidence shows aerial spraying likely helped interrupt local transmission" in the Wynwood neighborhood, local officials said there are no existing plans for spraying in Sevier County. A lot of the preventative measures that are being recommended can be applied to women that are not pregnant and women during pregnancy. Based on current research, greater than 90 percent of all pregnant women who test positive for Zika will deliver an infant free from the development of microcephaly. An estimated 80 per cent of people infected have no symptoms, making it hard for pregnant women to know whether they have been infected. In addition, the state said there was one non-resident of Florida who contracted the homegrown virus in that county.

Zika was first identified in Uganda in 1947 and was first isolated in Asia in the 1960s.

When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers whenever you are outdoors.

Efforts to control the spread of the virus focus on eliminating mosquito breeding sites and taking precautions against mosquito bites such as using insect repellent and mosquito nets.

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