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WHO declares end of Zika emergency but says virus remains a threat

GENEVA/CHICAGO: The World Health Organisation on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO's Emergency Committee made clear the Zika still constitutes a global public health threat. They warned the virus, which has been found in 60 countries since the outbreak was identified last year in Brazil, will continue to spread where mosquitoes…

Zika likely to spread in Asia-Pacific region, WHO warns

MANILA: The Zika virus is set to spread through Asia, the World Health Organization warned Monday, with hundreds of cases reported in Singapore and two Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly. The mosquito-borne virus has been detected in 70 countries worldwide including at least 19 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, said WHO director for health security and emergencies Li Ailan. A WHO report released at the annual regional meeting in Manila said the virus was "highly likely to further spread in the region"…