Via Viet Nam News: Ministry raises warning level for Zika virus. Excerpt and then a comment:
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has increased the Zika virus warning to level 3 - the dangerous level, Trần Đắc Phu, director of the Preventive Medicine Department, announced in an urgent meeting held in Hà Nội on Monday.
In a meeting aimed at finding measures to deal with Zika-related diseases, Phu warned that women intending to get pregnant should avoid affected areas.
If they must go there, the women should take preventive measures and study the disease, he said.
Pregnant women— especially those in the three first months of the pregnancy— who have been in the affected areas and had dengue fever and conjunctivitis should go to medical stations for consultancy, Phu said.
At the meeting, health experts called the Zika virus a complicated global virus. More than 70 countries and territories have seen cases.
On October 11 this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that Zika had spread to Southeast Asia; seven out of 10 countries in the area had the disease.
By Monday, seven Vietnamese cases of the disease were reported in Khánh Hòa, Phú Yên and Bình Dương provinces and HCM City.
Suspected microcephaly case reported
Last Friday, the MoH supervision system discovered a four-month-old baby in Krông Búk District, Đắk Lắk born malformed with an unusually small head, suspected to be a case of microcephaly caused by Zika virus.
The National Institute of Hygiene And Epidemiology is joining Japan’s Nagasaki University to conduct tests on the case.
The MoH’s study showed that the mother had dengue fever in the third and the sixth months of the pregnancy. The dengue fever condition in their living area was quite serious.
If the mother was accurately diagnosed, she must have fallen ill with two different strains of dengue. As I understand it, that's a setup for dengue hemorrhagic fever the second time. She doesn't seem to have contracted that very dangerous disease, which suggests one or the other infection was really Zika.