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Zika Linked Microcephaly In Vietnam

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NOTICE: In case of small children with suspected early evidence relating to the first Zika virus in Vietnam30/10/2016


As information, immediately after receiving the report of the test results were positive for Zika virus's 1st case of children with small scratch marks in Krong Buk district, Dak Lak province, dated 10.17.2016, the Ministry of Health has organized an urgent meeting Office emergency response to epidemics (EOC) to consider and assess the disease situation by Zika virus. Then the Ministry of Health has raised the alert notification to the Zika virus diseases in response to the epidemic in the new situation. 

http://vncdc.gov.vn/vi/tin-tuc-trong-nuoc/1028/thong-bao-truong-hop-tre-mac-chung-dau-nho-nghi-lien-quan-voi-vi-rut-zika-dau-tien-tai-viet-nam

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NOTICE: In case of small children with suspected early evidence relating to the first Zika virus in Vietnam30/10/2016

 
As information, immediately after receiving the report of the test results were positive for Zika virus's 1st case of children with small scratch marks in Krong Buk district, Dak Lak province, dated 10.17.2016, the Ministry of Health has organized an urgent meeting Office emergency response to epidemics (EOC) to consider and assess the disease situation by Zika virus. Then the Ministry of Health has raised the alert notification to the Zika virus diseases in response to the epidemic in the new situation. 10.18.2016 Next day, the delegation of the Ministry of Health has investigated field epidemiological factors, sample tests of young 2nd and people living or living close to the patient to carry take measures to determine the cause.


  2nd test results dated 10/21/2016 continue to detect IgM antibodies Zika virus specific neutralizing antibodies and Zika virus in serum samples of the child and the child's mother as well as in serum samples of the housemates (father, grandmother, and sister he's adopted children), in other cases not at home living with negative test results. Through epidemiological investigation showed that the disease manifested only the mother has clinical disease at 3 months pregnant. Not detect the risk factors that can cause defects such as small head from the mother infection, toxic chemical exposure, cigarette smoking, alcohol addiction. 

  After the test results 2nd, 26th / 10/2016 Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Office of the world Health organization (WHO) in Vietnam and relevant agencies organize online meetings with the WHO regional Office in Manila, Philippines and Office WHO Thailand to determine the cause of cases of children suffering minor head.
 

Through the review process for clinical, epidemiological factors, test results and brain scans based on the experience of the WHO, as well as the identification of 02 cases of children suffering minor head by virus Zika in Thailand, the meeting came to the conclusion: this is the case of children with congenital malformations symptoms suffer minor head is more likely related facilities and Zika virus is also the first case in Vietnam.
 

Currently, Zika virus was circulating in Vietnam, before the status symbol of the event started with a small child in connection with the Zika virus, the Ministry of Health recommends:

- Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should not go to the service when not really necessary. In the case to go to the affected areas, should learn carefully the information about the disease and the health care conditions, simultaneous application of preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites Zika virus infection such as use use mosquito repelling cream, wear long clothing and sleep, including daytime screen.

- Pregnant women, especially in the first 3 months of pregnancy rash and at least one of the symptoms of fever, muscle pain / arthritis, conjunctivitis eye health facilities need to be examined, investment timely advice.

- Pregnant women should not be too worried, perform regular antenatal care, while only periodically conduct tests to detect the virus Zika when suspected symptoms and counseling, the body designated medical offices.
- All people actively involved in the campaign to kill mosquitoes, kill mosquito larva / larvae to prevent diseases caused by Zika virus, dengue 2nd under the Directive of the Minister of Health. Actively check the water container, remove the waste materials do not let mosquitoes to lay their eggs, breeding and development; initiative, actively carry out disease prevention measures under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

 

  Detailed information, refer to the Website of the Department of Preventive Medicine: vncdc.gov.vn and MOH: moh.gov.vn .
 
Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health

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Vietnam reports first microcephaly case likely linked to Zika - government agency

 
 
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By My Pham | HANOI

Vietnam's health ministry on Sunday reported a microcephaly case that it says is likely to be the country's first linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The case, a four-month old baby whose mother was diagnosed with Zika when she was pregnant, was found in the central province of Dak Lak.

"This is a microcephaly case with a high probability of being related to the Zika virus and also the first such case in Vietnam," the General Department of Preventive Medicine, a department of the nation's health ministry, said in a statement posted on its official website.

Vietnam so far has reported a total nine cases of Zika infection, with more cases expected to be confirmed in the next few days, the department's director Tran Dac Phu told Reuters on Sunday.

If the microcephaly case is confirmed to be linked to Zika, Vietnam would become the second Southeast Asian country after Thailand to report such a case.

Vietnam earlier this month raised the threat level for Zika and stepped up monitoring of pregnant women in the country after detecting more cases and amid growing outbreaks in the region.

Zika infections in pregnant women have been shown to cause microcephaly - a severe birth defect in which the head and brain are undersized - as well as other brain abnormalities.

The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light in Brazil, which has confirmed more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly.

(Reporting by My Pham; Editing by Sam Holmes)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-zika-vietnam-idUSKCN12U032

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