VOV.VN - The Ministry of Health on May 25 confirmed that a 25-year-old man in Da Nang city has been infected with Zika virus, becoming the first case of this infection in Vietnam this year.
Exposure to high amounts of toxic coumarin, found in smuggled cigarettes coming into the country in recent years, raises the risk of several birth defects or even miscarriage, health experts warn.
The World Health Organization on November 20 declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications.
The capital city of Hanoi will invest over 160 billion VND, or US$7.18 million, in an initiative to boost the early detection of birth defects in the city between 2016 and 2020.
The head of the World Health Organization warned on February 24 that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before nations besieged by the mosquito-borne virus linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil see relief.
The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on February 12.
The World Health Organization voiced concern on February 3 over the reported sexual transmission of the Zika virus in Texas amid worries that such infections could make battling it even tougher. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.
Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas.
(VOV) - How to deal with congenital defects in dioxin-contaminated areas was proposed at a workshop in Hanoi on January 11.
Mobifone has pledged initial support of US$50,000 to Operation Smile Vietnam for surgeries on 200 children born with facial deformities.