On 5 April 2016, Vietnam reported its first two cases of Zika infections. The virus has been linked to thousands of rare birth defect in Brazil.
According to Vietnam’s Health Ministr, a 64-year-old woman in the beach city of Nha Trang and another woman, 33, in Ho Chi Minh City fell sick in late March. After three rounds of tests, it is has been confirmed that they are Zika-positive.
The two patients are in stable condition while no further infections among their relatives and neighbors have been found, the ministry said.
Zika is carried by mosquitoes, which transmit the virus to humans. Zika has not been proven to cause microcephaly in babies, but there is growing evidence that suggests a link. The condition is defined by unusually small heads that can result in developmental problems.