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Zika may be worse than feared in Southeast Asia

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ngapore's burst of Zika infections may just be the tip of the Iceberg. Experts telling Reuters that as the virus spreads through Southeast Asia, many cases could be flying under the radar. As Reuters Amy reports, the folic stem to the problem is likely to be seriously under reported.
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>> Experts that we spoke to said that the true number of Zika virus cases could be much higher than what's currently being reported and that's because they say that health screening and screenings for the virus are currently inadequate. For example in Thailand, pregnant women with fever are the ones being screened for the virus but many patients were told 80% of the people who could have the virus do not display any symptoms making it very difficult to screen possible patients.
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>> Dozens of cases of Zika have been reported across part of Southeast Asia. Adding to worries about the spread of the virus, containment is also a serious concern.>> Some places are certainly starting up protection Port Cementry and in Indonesia, in Singapore in Malaysia they're certainly on alert to fight the Zika virus but other countries.
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>> Health authorities we've spoken to for example in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand say that their Zika prevention methods remain unchanged sensing a poor report of it's cases. So, nothing has changed there.>> Some Southeast Asian Airports have brought in thermal scanners to try and track Zika. But while they may be able to pick up suspicious fevers, the virus incubates for ten days without any symptoms, meaning carriers could cross International Borders long before they, or anybody else, even knows they're infected.