December 09, 2016

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MoH holds press conference on first Zika virus infection in Yangon

Ministry of Health has advised women in Yangon to receive medical check-ups before getting pregnant in the next six months after the first case of Zika virus in the country’s largest city.
The ministry held the press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday one day after detecting the first case of Zika infection, disclosing that they would not allow the woman to leave her home in the next two weeks to prevent the mosquito-borne virus from spreading.
“The authorities have also been giving her psychotherapy because she’s worried about her pregnancy,” said Dr Soe Lwin Nyein, Director-General of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health at the press conference.
A 32-year-old pregnant foreign woman, who has been living in Yangon for two years, was detected on Thursday Zika positive in Yangon.
She was believed to be infected with the virus during her foreign trip over the last two weeks.
The ministry has also carried out medical check-ups to more than 30 suspects in the township where the infected woman is living.
“We have not yet found further suspected patient,” said Dr Soe Lwin Nyein.
The authorities would also take preventive measures in Yangon and Mandalay.
The World Health Organization warned earlier this month that Zika causes mild symptoms in most people, including fever, sore eyes and a rash.
The pregnant women can give birth to babies with microcephaly, a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.
It has so far been detected in 70 countries worldwide, including at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region. Brazil has been the country hardest hit so far, with more than 1,900 reported cases of microcephaly.
At least 400 Zika cases have been detected in Singapore, while Thailand last month reported its first cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in two babies. There is no cure or vaccine for the virus.
A WHO report released this month warned that the virus is “highly likely to further spread in the region” which includes China, Japan, Australia, most Southeast Asian nations and the Pacific islands.

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