U.S. Issues Travel Advisory For SE Asia As Thailand Reports First Cases Of Zika-Linked Microcephaly; U.S. Health Official Says Zika-Related Birth Defects Likely Will Be Higher Than Anticipated

Agence France-Presse: First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly
“Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect…” (9/30).

Associated Press: Thailand confirms SE Asia’s first Zika-linked birth defects
“…Dr. Prasert Thongcharoen, a senior health ministry official, said in a statement Friday that the linkage to Zika was confirmed by laboratory tests in two of three cases of babies afflicted with microcephaly. The results were inconclusive in the third case…” (9/30).

Associated Press: Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries
“U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia because of Zika outbreaks in the region. The advisory issued Thursday targets travel to Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam…” (9/29).

Reuters: CDC issues Zika travel advisory for 11 Southeast Asian countries
“…The CDC said ‘travel notices,’ like those issued for Zika-struck countries like Brazil and Singapore, have not been issued for these destinations, but such warnings would be considered if the number of cases rises to the level of an outbreak…” (Jain et al., 9/29).

Reuters: Zika-related birth defects likely higher than anticipated: panel
“The risk posed by the Zika virus to developing fetuses is likely far greater than current estimates suggest, a top U.S. health official said on Thursday. … ‘If you’re talking about any congenital defect I think it’s going to be much higher than 13 percent,’ [NIAID Director Anthony Fauci] said. ‘I think we’re going to see something very disturbing.’ The panel was presented by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with Reuters…” (Berkrot, 9/29).

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