Prasert Thongcharoen, an adviser to the Department of Disease Control, told reporters in Bangkok: “to summarize, we have found two cases of small heads attached to Zika, the first cases in Thailand.”
However the press said the adviser refused to say where cases in Thailand were found.
Several countries in Southeast Asia have reported increased cases of infection Zika virus transmitted by mosquitoes, but Thailand has one of the highest figures in the region, with 349 confirmed since January, including 25 pregnant women.
“This is a sensitive issue for Thailand,” he said at the time.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement that cases of microcephaly were first linked to Zika in Southeast Asia.
health officials were investigating four cases of microcephaly.
Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to serious developmental problems in babies.
Zika virus can also have the same devastating effect on the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease -. a neurodegenerative condition that has no cure, scientists believe
The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last year in Brazil, which has confirmed over 1,600 cases of microcephaly that considers to be related to infections in mothers Zika.
The World Health Organization said there is no specific to determine whether a baby is born with microcephaly tests, but ultrasound in the third trimester of pregnancy can identify the problem.
organization lists Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, countries reporting new cases of Zika.
Singapore has registered 393 cases from diagnosis of their first time in August. It has confirmed 16 pregnant women with the virus.
WHO has also said that there is strong evidence that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.
While the risk to the British public is considered low, so far more than 150 British travelers have been infected with the virus.
according to figures provided by Public Health England, the majority of cases, 106 are associated with travel to the Caribbean.
reported the largest number of trips to Jamaica, followed by Barbados, St. Lucia, Granada, and Trinidad and Tobago.
This comes after Philippines confirms first case of virus in pregnant women.