HCMC records Zika cases in 20 out of 24 districts

HCMC has recorded 103 cases of Zika including 13 pregnant women in 20 out of 24 districts so far, said HCMC Preventive Medicine Center this morning December 7.

A worker spaying mosquito repellent with Singaporean technique (Photo: Preventive Medicine Center)

Of the confirmed cases, 20 come from Binh Thanh district, 15 from District 2, 11 from District 12 and 10 from Tan Phu.
 
The HCMC Department of Health has implemented measures to consult for Zika patients, supervise their health and launch pregnancy care in accordance with regulations by the Ministry of Health.
 
Doctor Le Hong Nga, head of the center's Communicable Diseases Control Division, said that the center has piloted Singaporean thermal spraying technique in dormitories and universities in Districts 9 and 2 to kill mosquitoes.
 
The center is waiting for the Department of Health’s estimation before expanding the use of the technique in other districts to cope with Zika virus.
 
According to Ms. Nga, the spraying technique can kill flying mosquitoes with visible thick fog streams. Sprayers can control the volume of chemical released into the environment.

However these fog streams might hinder traffic and activate fire alarm systems in buildings, she added.

By Thanh Son – Translated by Hai Mien

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