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Thailand reports 2 cases linked to Zika virus

THAILAND yesterday reported the first confirmed cases in Southeast Asia of microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, as the World Health Organization urged action across the region.

The confirmation of two cases of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size, came a day after US health officials recommended that pregnant women postpone non-essential travel to 11 Southeast Asian countries because of the risk of Zika.