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A new study has revealed that the countries most at risk of Zika virus transmission are among the countries in the Americas and Africa.
According to the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, countries with higher proportions of people living in areas where Zika virus is prevalent also have higher probabilities of transmission.
This means that a Zika pandemic could be triggered in these regions and spread globally.
This research highlights the need to understand the factors that lead to transmission and how to protect the population.
For example, in Africa, the study found that people living more than 40km from the Zika outbreak are at increased risk of contracting the virus.
The report also found that countries in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Central and South America have the highest risk of transmission in the world.
The study was led by a team from the University of Oxford and University College London.
It was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council.