One baby with suspected microcephaly reported in Vietnam

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/10/17 22:04:46

Vietnam reported one suspected microcephaly case in a four-month-old baby in the country's Central Highlands of Dak Lak province, said the General Department of Preventive Medicine (GDPM) on Monday.

According to the department, as soon as learning the news, the Central Highlands Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology took blood sample of the patient and sent to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in capital Hanoi to test for Zika virus.

The test is being carried out, said the department.

Earlier on Saturday, two Vietnamese women have been tested positive to Zika virus, raising the total number of Zika patients in the country to seven.

The seven cases are in Vietnam's southern Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and central Phu Yen provinces.

Amid the situation, the GDPM's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Monday held an urgent meeting. Participants at the meeting said Zika viral disease was circulating in Vietnam. In the coming time, more Zika infection cases will be reported, especially in areas with types of mosquitoes that spread dengue fever and Zika, reported Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA.

The country's health ministry recommended women with pregnancy intention should not go to Zika-hit areas if not really necessary.

Pregnant women, especially in their first three months, living or once travelling to Zika-affected areas should go to hospital for examination and consultation if they have fever, rash, muscle-joint pain, and eye conjunctivitis, said the ministry.

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