Zika virus found in Vietnam

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The Zika virus has been found in two Vietnamese women, according to the country’s health ministry.

Both fell ill during late March, and three rounds of tests confirmed that the women – a 64-year-old in the beach city of Nha Trang, and a 33-year-old in Ho Chi Minh City – are Zika positive.

The Zika virus – which causes rare birth defects – has been linked to thousands of suspected cases in Brazil.

This, however, is the first sign of Zika in Vietnam, the Health Ministry said, in a statement. Both women are now in a stable condition, and the infection does not appear to have spread to relatives or neighbours. 

According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is being actively transmitted in 30 countries, mostly in the Americas. It is feared that many more cases will surface when mosquito numbers rise, during the summer months.