TWENTY-ONE CASES OF ZIKA VIRUS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY BANGKOK HEALTH AUTHORITIES ON SATURDAY AS A ZIKA VIRUS INFECTION WAS FOUND IN 21 PATIENTS IN THE CITY’S SATHORN.
The Ministry of Public Health has revealed 21 new cases of people who had contracted Zika in northern provinces namely iBung Kan, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai and Phetchabun in just a week recently.
In 2012 the first case of Zika was confirmed in Thailand and this year more than 100 cases has been reported so far.
Zika is a virus that is primarily spread by mosquito bites, particularly harmful for pregnant women as it is thought to be linked to a rare birth defect – microcephaly that causes newborn babies to have unusually small heads and damaged brains.
The Zika virus is not spread by ordinary touches between humans, but it can be transmitted through sex and blood transfusion. Cases of sexual transmission from travellers to their sexual partners were reported from the US and Europe.