Zika infections pile up in Vietnam’s HCM City

HO CHI MINH CITY — Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has so far spotted 133 Zika patients in 23 out of its 24 districts, including 18 pregnant women, the municipal Preventive Medicine Center said Thursday.

Only District 8 is free of Zika cases, and local health agencies are urging residents to actively kill mosquitoes and their larvae, and use mosquito nets when sleeping.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

To date, Vietnam has detected 143 Zika cases, including 133 from Ho Chi Minh City, two each in Dak Lak, Binh Duong and Ba Ria Vung Tau provinces, and one in Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Long An and Dong Nai provinces respectively. PNA/Xinhua-northboundasia.com