Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Zika infections are "highly likely" to keep spreading in Asia.
The warning came after hundreds of cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported in Singapore while two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly have already been confirmed in Thailand.
Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. Albopictus) that usually bite during the day.
The virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. Zika virus can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse. A blood or urine test can confirm Zika infection diagnosis.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Check out the video below to learn more about the deadly virus, including signs and symptoms, treatment, and of course prevention.
— WHO Philippines (@WHOPhilippines) October 5, 2016
The video has been tweeted out by WHO Philippines.
Studies have linked Zika virus ito microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Links to other neurological complications are also being investigated.