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Myanmar authorities struggle to prepare for Zika outbreak

Overworked doctors skip check-ups; pregnant women say they are in the dark about the dangers

At a news conference after the first case of Zika in Myanmar was confirmed, Soe Lwin Nyein (above), who heads the public health department at the Ministry of Health, urged women to avoid pregnancies in the next six months.


MYANMAR is largely unprepared for an outbreak of Zika, experts say, with the health ministry slashing anti-virus measures due to lack of funds, overworked doctors skipping check-ups and pregnant women saying they are in the dark about the dangers.

Zika has spread to some 60...

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