The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the cases of Zika virus in Asia-Pacific are soaring. The members of the  WHO Western Pacific Region are meeting in Manila, Philippines for its 67th session of the regional committee.

Here are three fast facts about Zika virus soaring in the Asia-Pacific region.

1. WHO said Zika virus is likely to spread in Asia following the hundreds of cases reported in Singapore.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Singapore is currently on Alert - Level 2. This meant that there is a need to “Practice Enhanced Precautions”.

In August, Singapore reported its first localized transmission of the Zika virus. Singapore’s Ministry of Health together with its National Environment Agency (NEA) reported the first cluster located in Bishan Street 12 to be closed down to monitor cases of the virus.

2. WHO in the Western Pacific Region reported that one of the biggest challenges in responding to the cases of Zika virus include “communicating uncertainty.”

The Regional director's report stated that health authorities have acknowledged uncertainty about the likely duration of the outbreak and are preparing the public for the likelihood of a prolonged crisis.

During the five-day meeting of the Western Pacific Region of WHO, delegates are set to discuss the ways to reduce the impact of dengue on communities and Aedes mosquito-control issues to prevent and control Zika and chikungunya.

3. The western Pacific region is the second most Zika-affected region in the world. Of the 27 countries, 19 of these have reported Zika cases since 2007 and 13 of them this year.

WHO Western Pacific Region said that the organization will continue to support the strengthening of health systems to identify and manage cases of Zika virus disease and their potential complications. The regional office said that it will focus on vector-control activities aimed at individuals and communities to reduce the density of the mosquitoes that carry the virus in hopes of halting its spread.

The Asia-Pacific region covers 1.9 billion people. Among the dangerous impact of the Zika Virus was prevalent amongst infants born with microcephaly, a birth defect where the head is abnormally  small and brains might not have developed properly.

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