Zika virus strain has started spreading in Africa

The Zika virus strain responsible for the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa for the first time, says WHO.

The World Health Organizzation (WHO) said it was concerned that the latest strain was spreading fast on the doorstep of Africa".
It is currently circulating in Cape Verde, an archipelago off the North West coast of Africa.
Zika has been linked to neurological disorders including babies being born with small brains.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said: "This information will help African countries to re-evaluate their level of risk and adapt and increase their levels of preparedness."
She said African countries should raise awareness among pregnant women of the complications with the Zika virus and encourage people to protect themselves against mosquito bites and sexual transmission.

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