Angelica Pereira holds her daughter Luiza, who was born with microcephaly, outside her house in Santa Cruz do Capibaribe, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Australia pledged up to A$500,000 ($354,000) in aid for its Pacific island neighbors Sunday to help combat the spread of the Zika virus after an outbreak in Tonga last week raised concern in the region.Some of Australia's aid would go to the WHO's Zika Virus Action Plan for the Pacific to ensure a coordinated response, Ciobo added.Until last week, Tonga had never had any confirmed cases of the Zika virus, its chief medical officer Dr Reynold Ofanoa told Reuters, so it was likely brought into the country by an infected person and then spread by mosquitoes.
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