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An Angolan official has said on Wednesday that they had recorded the country’s first two cases of the Zika virus, just three months after a yellow fever epidemic which killed at least 400 people was brought under control, Reuters has reported.

THREE suspected poachers, including a Zambian police officer, have been arrested for alleged possession of 47 kilogrammes of elephant ivory worth over K500,000 (USD 51,000.00).

Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) officers in Kalabo and Mumbwa districts arrested the trio at Maseka Guest House around 07:00 hours on Thursday for alleged illegal possession of elephant ivory and a leopard skin worth over K10,000.00 (USD 1,000.00).

The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency on Monday, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries new tools to fight it.

January 25, 2016

Outbreaks of cholera, measles and meningitis are common in resource-poor settings, despite affordable and efficient vaccinations being available; high seasonal peaks of malaria go unreported, and therefore the health response remains insufficient; and outbreaks of the lesser-known illnesses such as dengue and Chikungunya have recently been reported in new countries and areas.

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