Vietnam keeps watchful eye on Zika virus

Vietnamese Ministry of Health yesterday popularized Zika virus disease prevention nationwide as the complicated development of the epidemic occurred in many Asian countries.

The Ministry announced that mosquito is vector to transmit the Zika-virus disease. Additionally, the disease can be transmitted through sexual intercourses or from mother to children.

Zika virus disease is most concerned medical matter internationally because the virus can cause serious birth defects including microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains.

However, the Ministry did not restrict travelling from regions to regions yet those from virus-stricken areas must be kept an eye on their health condition during 14  days; if they have symptoms of disease, they have to go to medical facilities for treatment. Especially, those coming back from virus- stricken nations should use condoms for protection.

The Ministry also proposed people killing mosquitoes to curb spreading.

Any pregnant woman who suspects that she may have been exposed to Zika -- either through a mosquito bite or sexual contact with an infected person -- should also be tested for the virus.

By Quoc Lap – translated by Anh Quan

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