Ho Chi Minh City will expand the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology this year for surveillance of infectious diseases, such as hand-foot-mouth, throughout the city after successfully piloting it for dengue fever, deputy director of the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre, said.
Ho Chi Minh City needs to monitor infectious diseases and take measures to prevent cross-infections, avoiding a large-scale outbreak, a health official has said.
The Ministry of Health has urged people to take actions to prevent dengue fever amid increasing infections nationwide.
The HCM City People’s Committee has instructed district leaders to monitor preventive action taken against dengue fever and Zika as the southern region enters the rainy season.
Vietnam reported 13 new Zika cases, this year, raising total infections of the mosquito-borne virus to 233 since last summer with nearly 90% of the patients living in Ho Chi Minh City.
The epidemics abroad are likely to break out in Vietnam unless preventive measures are taken, head of the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department Tran Dac Phu warned at a seminar in Hanoi on February 15 to launch tasks against epidemic infection in the north.
The Ministry of Health will release 1 million to 1.4 million of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in four wards in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa in an effort to reduce the number of incidences of dengue fever and Zika virus infections.
Ho Chi Minh City has decided to promote its geographic information system (GIS), to prevent infectious diseases, said Le Hong Nga, Deputy Director of the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre.
VOV.VN - Ho Chi Minh City has 141 reported cases of Zika virus through December 20 in 23 districts, 18 of which are pregnant women who have contracted the mosquito-borne disease, reports the City Preventive Medicine Centre.
Google search trends for 2016 in Vietnam reveal that games, sports, entertainment, and lottery results were the most searched topics among Vietnamese internet users, and national university exams and global issues such as the US election, events in Syria, Zika virus, and Black Friday shopping.
A pregnant woman residing in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 11 has been diagnosed with Zika virus, raising the total number of Zika infections among expectant mothers in the city to 18.
The health sector of the central province of Khanh Hoa is stepping up measures to prevent Zika virus and dengue fever.
The HCM City Preventive Health Centre is piloting the use of thermal foggers to kill mosquitoes, replacing the ultra-low volume (UTL) cold fogger, as the number of Zika incidences continues to increase.
The southern province of Dong Nai has reported its first case of Zika – a woman who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, local health department reported.
Vietnam may see more Zika cases because community immunity to the mosquito-borne Zika virus is still low, particularly in central, southern and Central Highland provinces.
The southern province of Dong Nai is stepping up efforts to increase awareness of Zika virus among workers.
The southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on November 21 reported a second Zika virus infection case.
Another 11 Zika cases have been detected in Ho Chi Minh City, increasing the total number of cases in the city to 57, the southern city’s preventive medicine centre said on November 20.
Thailand’s Health Ministry on November 16 announced that 33 new Zika cases have been found and surveillance efforts are being intensified for groups of high vulnerability, especially pregnant women.
The Philippines has recorded 10 more new Zika cases, bringing the total number of locally-transmitted cases to 33, according to its health department.