The City’s Municipal Department of Health on December 2 released a report showing 89 cases of the mosquito-borne disease in 19 districts, putting the rate of virus infection the highest of any urban area in the nation.
The Department noted that four new cases have recently been detected in districts 9, 12, Phu Nhuan and Thu Duc, indicating an expansion of the virus circulation to an even wider area than had been expected.
At a recent meeting with hospitals and others in the medical community, Doctor Tang Chi Thuong, deputy director of the Department emphasized that this is a health emergency that requires immediate action be taken to eradicate mosquito larvae.
Doctor Thuong warned that vigilance needs to remain high.
The three districts with the highest number of Zika infections are Binh Thanh with 17, District 2 with 14 and District 12 with 10. Of the infected cases, 11 pregnant women are under special treatment at hospitals.
Doctor Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, director of the Hung Vuong Obstetrics Hospital in HCM City cautions residents to initiate coordinated eradication plans to kill mosquito larvae, which are known to be carriers of both dengue fever and Zika.