Vietnam Confirms First Zika Cases

Vietnam Confirms First Zika Cases © AFP 2016/ Marvin RECINOS

07:30 05.04.2016(updated 07:53 05.04.2016) Get short URL

Vietnam has confirmed its first two cases of the Zika virus, media reported Tuesday citing the Vietnamese Health Ministry.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ITV television channel, a woman living in Ho Chi Minh City and a woman living in the city of Nha Trang have been confirmed as infected by the virus. They are both in stable condition.

The Zika virus is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes. The current outbreak originated in Brazil in the spring of 2015. Since then the virus has spread across Latin America and began to draw international media attention in February, when the first cases in Europe and the United States were confirmed. Over 1.5 million people have been infected with the virus in Brazil since the outbreak began.

Zika does not cause serious complications in adults, but is suspected of leading to severe brain defects and cases of microcephaly in newborns.

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