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S-E Asia braces itself for Zika as Thailand appears to steer clear

LURKING DANGER: Zika, which is linked to severe birth defects, is spread through the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Kuala Lumpur

TROPICAL South-east Asian countries said on Friday that they were bracing themselves for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, with Malaysia saying it could "spread quickly" if introduced, but Thailand appeared to be bucking the trend with just a handful of cases a year.