HCMC records 62 Zika virus cases

The Ho Chi Minh City Preventive Medicine Center yesterday said that as of November 21, districts reported five more cases of Zika virus, bringing total infection cases to 62 citywide.

Five more cases live in districts Binh Thanh, Tan Binh and Go Vap. The city Department of Health said that warning of travelling limits has not been issued yet people especially pregnant ones should actively avoid being bitten by staying inside the mosquito net and killing the insect and its larva.

Because of complicated development of the disease, the People’s Council in HCMC sent inspection teams to districts and medical facilities to push preventive task.

In related news, the health sector in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday announced the second case of Zika.

A 22 year old woman, the first patient’s sister in Phu My Town in Tan Thanh District, is positive for the mosquito-borne virus.

Director of the Department of Health Pham Minh An said that the girl had symptoms of disease on October 31, just one day after her brother. She is outpatient in the local hospital where doctors took her blood sample for test in Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. Test results on November 17 confirmed that she is positive for the virus.

After receiving the test results announced by Pasteur Institute, the province’s health sector has carried out disinfection the affected area as per the Ministry of Health’s guideline. Medical workers provided examination to 72 pregnant women in Phu My Town and eight other pregnant women in Tan Phu residential block in Tan Thanh Dsitrict.

By staff writers – translated by Uyen Phuong

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