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The Health Ministry has said that Sri Lanka need not panic over the rapid spread of the Zika virus in various parts of the world.

Director General, Health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala said that steps have already been taken to combat the spread of the disease and added Sri Lanka had nothing to worry about at this juncture. “It is like a type of fever and does not affect on all. But, pregnant mothers must be careful as it can affect the unborn babies,” he said.

In addition, he said that equipment have also been installed the Bandaranaike and Mattala International Airports to have health screens on anyone who is suspected of having been affected by the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of the disease due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global public health emergency.

On February 01, the Global Health Agency held an emergency meeting in Geneva after warning the public that Zika was spreading “explosively” across the Americas.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO has reportedly said after the meeting that the cases of microcephaly in regions with Zika casesconstitute an extraordinary event and a public health threat to other parts of the world.”