Myanmar confirms first Zika case

YANGON – A pregnant foreign woman in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon has been diagnosed with Zika, the first case of the mosquito-borne virus in the southeast Asian country, state-owned Myanmar TV (MRTV) said yesterday.

Zika has spread to some 60 countries and territories since the current outbreak was identified last year in Brazil, raising alarm over the rare birth defect microcephaly as well as other neurological disorders it can cause in infants and adults.

“A foreign woman in Yangon who is pregnant was found to have contracted Zika virus and further examination is being carried out,” MRTV reported without giving further details.

Information Ministry spokesman Myint Kyaw told Reuters it was the first Zika case confirmed in Myanmar.

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