A new report from the National Geographic Society suggests that Australians should prepare to be infected with the Zika strain that has been linked to an epidemic of microcephaly in the country.
The report, published on Tuesday, notes that the country’s current outbreak is far more severe than the one that hit other Latin American countries in the first half of the year.
In a statement, the Society said the current outbreak “may not be as severe” as the ones in other countries, but warned that more testing should be done.
“There is a very high level of concern about the number of cases of microcephalic infants,” the Society’s executive director David Mather said in a statement.
“A further outbreak of microcysticercosis could result in a pandemic, but there is no evidence yet that this is a pandemics first option.”
While microcephecy is defined as a condition in which babies are born with small heads, most of the cases in Australia have been in children who are thought to have contracted the virus during pregnancy.
This is the most common reason given for the outbreaks.
The Society recommends that pregnant women, who might not have been previously tested for the virus, do their own tests.
It recommends that anyone who is concerned about their health, especially those who work in the health care system, should also do a regular check-up.
While Australia has been a relatively healthy country in recent years, it has been hit by another virus earlier this month, and is experiencing a spike in cases.
The new research suggests that the Zika outbreak is at least twice as likely in Australia as the last pandemic of microcholera.
The outbreak, which has affected at least 1,100 people in the United States, was caused by the SARS coronavirus, which killed about 15,000 people.
In Australia, the pandemic was caused in part by the Zika-carrying SARS-CoV-2 virus, which was not detected in Australia until April.