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Myanmar reports first Zika case

Myanmar has detected its first Zika infection with state media reporting on Friday that a pregnant foreign woman had been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus.

The World Health Organization warned earlier this month that Zika was likely to spread throughout Asia after being detected in 70 countries worldwide, including at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region.

While the virus linked to birth defects has been present in Southeast Asia for years, there has been an uptick in the number of recorded cases in the region in recent months.

“Authorities confirmed the infection in the 32-year-old foreign woman yesterday following a laboratory test,” the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported, adding that she was in Yangon, the country’s largest city. (afp)