A worker sprays insecticide for mosquitoes at a village in Bangkok, Thailand, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.Authorities said the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia.It breeds in tropical areas, including Thailand, which has seen a surge in cases of dengue in recent months.The World Health Organization linked a spike in birth defects in South America to the virus.
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