Cambodian Zika Fears Prompt US Travel Warning

Meanwhile, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention added another 11 countries to its list where pregnant women should avoid non-essential travel.

Before, the CDC advised men with possible but unconfirmed Zika exposure - and no symptoms of the virus - to wait eight weeks from the last possible exposure before having unprotected sex. Based on new evidence, the CDC recommends: Women Women should wait at least 8 weeks from symptom onset (if symptomatic) or last possible exposure (if asymptomatic) to attempt conception.

The link between microcephaly and Zika was first discovered past year in Brazil, which has since confirmed more than a thousand cases it believes are linked to the virus.

The World Health Organization yesterday urged 11 Asian countries including Bangladesh to take decisive action to prevent, detect and respond to Zika virus as Thailand has confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly.

On Friday, officials reported two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Thailand, the first confirmed cases of the birth defect in Southeast Asia.

Visit the CDC's website to determine where Zika infections are most common and if you should be taking extra precautions. Researchers also noted that the pregnancies in the case series underscores the point that sexually active teens are also at risk for sexual transmission of Zika virus, with the resulting threat to unborn babies.

With an increase in the number of mosquitoes during the rainy season in Southeast Asia, the number of cases of Zika infection is expected to rise, it said.

"Two of the three infants (tested) had microcephaly due to the Zika virus", Wicharn Pawan, a disease control official at the Health Ministry said. All countries now have the laboratory capacity to conduct Zika virus testing, as well as to assess and identify microcephaly cases, the agency said. The article suggested that perhaps women will need to be vaccinated prior to childbearing age in order to ensure they would be immune to the virus during pregnancy.

"Women, who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, should discuss their travel plans with their doctor", said the CDC.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the issuance of a travel warning by the CDC was a public health measure. The Belize district had the highest number of Zika infections as well as the highest rate of infection (21/262), followed by the Cayo district with 13/125, and Toledo with 7/100.

Roughly 82% of infected children had a rash, 55% had a fever, 29% had conjunctivitis and 28% had arthralgia, according to the report, which is published in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

3,625 confirmed cases of Zika in U.S. States and District of Columbia.

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