Colombian health ministry says Zika epidemic in country has ended

BOGOTA - The epidemic of the Zika virus has officially ended in Colombia, the country's vice health minister said on Monday, ten months after the mosquito-borne illness arrived in the Andean nation.
The disease, which the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can cause devastating birth defect microcephaly, has infected nearly 100,000 Colombians and caused 21 cases of microcephaly. British experts say the outbreak will take two to three years to burn out.
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