New Zika virus cases confirmed in Bangkok, officials say situation under control

Thai health authorities are on alert, after more people have been infected with the Zika virus in Bangkok. On Sunday, the Health ministry said 21 new cases of Zika had been confirmed, with most of them in the Sathorn neigbourhood of the capital. The area is one of Bangkok’s business districts and has a large number of expat residents. Among those discovered with the virus was a young woman who subsequentially gave birth to a healthy baby.

« Of the 21 cases confirmed in the Sathorn area there was one pregnant woman who recovered and gave birth successfully. (…) Mother and newborn are safe, » said Ministry of Public Health spokesman Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai.

zika2The woman’s husband had returned recently from Singapore. The city-state has announced his first Zika case on the 27th of August, with more than 300 people confirmed with the virus so far. However, Thailand’s Ministry of Health gave assurances that the situation in the Kingdom is under control and there is no reason for alarm among the population.

« There have been no deaths or complications so far, so I urge our brothers and sisters not to be alarmed, » said Mr. Suwannachai to Reuters reporters.

Overall, there are 30 Zika-infected pregnant women being monitored in Thailand. Six of them have already given birth, with no complications to them or the babies. The virus was discovered for the first time in Thailand four years ago, and the government conducts regular tests and investigations.

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne viral infection carried by transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. The virus considered a major cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in newborns, and pregnant women are the most exposed to contracting the infection.

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