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38 new cases of Zika reported in Singapore

The Authorities in Singapore , have reported 38 new cases of Zika virus, increasing the total count in a week to 189. World health Organization officials said the spread of the virus definitely still constitutes a global health emergency.

Zika’s apparent quick spread out of Latin America back to Asia and Africa has WHO officials worried. They have no idea if the virus will spread as explosively as it has in the Americas, and they cannot predict if it will cause a fresh wave of birth defects and side-effects such as the paralyzing Guillain-Barr√© syndrome.

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Miami-Dade mosquito control worker Carlos Vargas looks for the Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae at a home in Miami, Florida, on June 8. Of the 40 different types of mosquito found in Miami-Dade, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, or yellow fever mosquito, is responsible for transmitting diseases such as the Zika virus. Rhona Wise / AFP – Getty Images

They don’t even know if they can keep track of it if it spreads into countries with poor healthcare systems and little facility to test people for the virus.

“There’s still an urgent need to continue global research and this still does remain an emergency of international concern,” said Dr. David Heymann, chairman of WHO’s emergency committee.

“This extraordinary event is rapidly becoming, unfortunately, an ordinary event. And Zika is beginning to spread, continuing to cause outbreaks in many countries around the world,” Heymann told reporters.

cc: NBC NEWS

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