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Thailand is one of several Southeast Asian nations where Zika has been suspected to be circulating, but due to the background noise from Dengue and Chikungunya, and a lack of Zika-specific testing, it has never been proven.
At least, not until today.
First a report from AFP, then I'll be back with more.
A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.Authorities said the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia.
The Zika status of countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and even China are suspect because the testing routinely done for dengue can show positive results for Zika as well.
As more specific PCR testing for Zika becomes widely available it is likely the list of countries where autochthonous transmission takes place will rise considerably.
One clue that Zika might have been in Thailand prior to today's report came from a 2014 case report from the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that described a Canadian tourist who returned from Thailand and was subsequently diagnosed with Zika.