33 New Zika Cases in Thailand

33 New Zika Cases in Thailand33 New Zika Cases in Thailand

Thai health officials on Wednesday said 33 new Zika virus cases have been detected in two more provinces in the country as officials step up screening for groups at high risk from the disease such as pregnant women.

A spokesman of the Ministry of Public Health spokesman Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai told Reuters that health campaigns warning travelers about Zika have increased as many Thais flock to the capital Bangkok to take part in national mourning activities for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Oct. 13.

Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia in September to confirm Zika-linked microcephaly, a condition that results in babies being born with small heads.

Other parts of Southeast Asia have reported dozens of cases of Zika, including city state Singapore where 450 cases have been reported this year.

Thailand has reported more than 680 cases of Zika since January.

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