Zika, which is spread mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has been detected in 67 countries and territories.

Thailand confirms 21 Zika cases in Bangkok
news Health Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 11:37

Thai authorities have announced that 21 Zika virus cases were recorded in capital Bangkok.

Wantanee Wattana, deputy permanent secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), on Saturday said the 21 patients' situation in the city's Sathorn business district was under control, Xinhua news agency reported.

The BMA reported that a formerly pregnant woman was also among those infected, reported English daily Bangkok Post, who had contracted the virus in her 37th week of pregnancy. She has since given birth and both mother and the newborn are reportedly safe.

The Ministry of Public Health has revealed 20 new cases of people who had contracted Zika in northern provinces namely iBung Kan, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai and Phetchabun in just a week recently.

The first confirmed case of Zika in Thailand was in 2012. This year there have been more than 100 reported cases.

Thailand is a major holiday destination, with the Southeast Asian country seeing 1 million tourists from India visiting last year.

Meanwhile, Singapore confirmed 14 new cases of Zika on Saturday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the city-state to 318, reported Channel News Asia. Last week, 15 Indians working in Singapore tested positive for the virus.  

Zika, which is spread mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has been detected in 67 countries and territories.

In February, the World Health Organisation had declared Zika a public health emergency. Pregnant women infected by the virus are likely to give birth to children with microcephaly, a birth defect with small head size.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

 

 

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