The World Health Organization says cases of the mosquito-born Zika virus infection are expected to continue rising in the Asia-Pacific region and health authorities there are increasing surveillance, preparing responses to complications and collaborating on information about the disease. WHO Director General Margaret Chan, addressing a Western Pacific regional meeting of the world health body, said Monday that complicating the fight against Zika is the lack of a “foolproof” approach to mosquito control, as shown by decades of efforts to contain dengue virus.
Officials say Zika symptoms are mild and no deaths have been reported globally. But health officials are preparing for complications like microcephaly an abnormally small head of babies born to infected mothers.
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