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    University of Warsaw Confirms First Cases of Zika Virus in Poland

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    The tests conducted at the University of Warsaw have confirmed the first cases of the Zika virus in Poland, the educational institution said Tuesday.

    WARSAW (Sputnik) — Two people, who returned to the country from the Dominican Republic and Colombia, are confirmed to have contracted the Zika infection.

    "According to our data, these are the first Zika cases in Poland," Dr. Renata Welc-Faleciak, from the university's Department of Biology, was quoted as saying in a press release on the university's website.

    There is no information about the health conditions of those who caught the infection in the press release.

    The current Zika outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015. The virus is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitos and does not cause serious complications in adults. However, the virus can cause severe brain defects and microcephaly in newborns. On May 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the infectious disease may spread into Europe.

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