Two Vietnamese women have been infected by Zika virus, the first cases identified in this country of Southeast Asia, announced the Ministry of Health Tuesday
“She tested positive for the virus Zika on 31 March by the Nha Trang Pasteur Institute” and the results were then confirmed by other tests.
The second patient is a 33 year old woman living in Ho Chi Minh City (south). According to official media, she is eight weeks pregnant. She tested positive Thursday.
Their health condition is stable and the ministry “has not detected any other cases” among their relatives.
Transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Zika virus usually causes mild flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, body aches).
But it can also be the cause of microcephaly in babies or neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis of limbs and respiratory impairment.
the microcephaly is a malformation characterized by the small size of the skull of the fetus. It can cause disability or death.
Brazil, with 1.5 million cases of Zika, has documented 907 cases of microcephaly since October 2015, four times the historical annual average.