|An employee sprays chemicals to kill mosquitoes in a hostel in HCM City. Southern Đồng Nai Province yesterday confirmed the first case of Zika virus infection. — VNA/VNS Photo Phương Vy |Viet Nam News
ĐỒNG NAI — Southern Đồng Nai Province has reported its first case of Zika – a woman who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, local health department reported.
According to the department, the woman was 29 weeks pregnant and lived in Biên Hòa City’s An Bình Ward.
The test was conducted at the Pasteurs Institute in HCM City and then revealed to the health department.
The local health department said on Sunday it was carrying out control measures against the aedes mosquitoes near the woman’s home to prevent the spread of the virus after the first case was confirmed.
Đồng Nai Province is located at the gateway of key economic areas to the south, near HCM City, Bình Dương and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu provinces, which reported cases of Zika virus infection.
The local health sector had also undertaken many preventive measures to avoid a possible Zika outbreak.
The country last month raised the threat level for Zika and stepped up monitoring of pregnant women after detecting more cases amid the growing outbreak in southern region.
Zika virus is transmitted between humans to humans by mosquitoes. Infections have been linked to the birth defect microcephaly and miscarriages, posing a significant threat to pregnant women, according to the World Health Organisation.
There is currently no vaccine or effective treatment for the infection and companies and scientists are racing to develop a vaccine. However, it is unlikely to be ready for widespread use for at least two or three years. — VNS