Thai­land Zi­ka ca­se count ne­ars 700

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

THAI­LAND - Whi­le Thai­land has seen in ex­cess of 50,000 den­gue fe­ver ca­ses this year, ano­ther vi­rus trans­mit­ted by the vec­tor, Ae­des aegyp­ti has af­fec­ted ne­ar­ly 700 pe­o­p­le in the King­dom, ac­cor­ding to a Straits Ti­mes re­port to­day. With the ad­di­ti­on of 33 Zi­ka ca­ses re­por­ted last week, the coun­try’s to­tal has sur­pas­sed 680 ca­ses sin­ce the be­gin­ning of the year. The coun­try is ex­pe­rien­cing a lot of tra­vel sin­ce na­ti­o­nal mourning over the de­ath of King Bhu­mi­bol Adu­ly­a­dej last month promp­ting Thai health of­fi­ci­als to step up health cam­paigns against the mosqui­to bor­ne vi­rus. El­se­whe­re in sou­t­he­ast Asia, the Phi­lip­pi­nes and Viet­nam ha­ve re­por­ted ad­di­ti­o­nal ca­ses in re­cent days.

Zi­ka vi­rus di­sea­se is pri­ma­ri­ly trans­mit­ted via mosqui­to bi­tes. The Ae­des aegyp­ti is res­pon­si­ble for sprea­ding Zi­ka vi­rus and al­so den­gue and chi­kun­gu­nya vi­ruses. In Bra­zil and other coun­tries, preg­nant wo­men who got in­fec­ted at any­ti­me du­ring their preg­nan­cy ha­ve in­crea­sed risk of gi­ving birth to ba­bies with con­ge­ni­tal de­fects af­fec­ting the brain (mi­cro­cep­ha­ly). Sexu­al trans­mis­si­on was al­so re­por­ted as ano­ther means of get­ting the Zi­ka vi­rus.



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