Vietnam’s health ministry reported the first case of microcephaly in the country. It seems that the case is connected to the Zika virus. The patient is a baby of four months. His mother was diagnosed with Zika when she was pregnant. There were 9 cases of people infected with the Zika virus in Vietnam and the authorities are expecting more in the future.
Zika virus is a major threat to all the people, but especially for the pregnant women. The virus causes a birth defect and the baby’s brain will be affected. Even though the cases in the United States seem to have been reduced, in Asia the virus has just started to spread.
After the officials discovered the first cases of Zika in Vietnam, they decided to pay more attention to pregnant women. Health officials from Vietnam want to raise awareness regarding this issue. Pregnant women should avoid mosquitoes bites.
The first cases of Zika virus were discovered in South America. There are thousands of children there who suffer from microcephaly. At the moment, there is no official treatment for Zika. Even though the U.S. government invested money in research, there will be a long journey before a vaccine will be available.
If you want to prevent mosquito bites, there a few things you can do. First of all, avoid keeping water in the same place for a long time because mosquitoes stay in those areas. People should wear long clothes and avoid staying outside during the night. Moreover, keep your windows closed because mosquitoes can come in your house.
One of the biggest issues regarding Zika is that it does not have symptoms. Most people are infected and they do not even know. Vietnam is one of the many countries who need to find solutions against the Zika virus. Mosquitoes proved to be more dangerous that we could have ever thought.
Vietnam has more than 90 million residents and they are all in danger to be infected in the future. Another big issue is that Vietnam is close to China. As we already know, China has the biggest population in the world. The authorities are trying their best to prevent an infection there because that would be a major problem for the world.
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