A worker fumigate a residential area (Source: VNA)

Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The health sector of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has taken measures against mosquito-borne Zika virus at international border gates.

Cam Ranh International Airport deployed around-the-clock check points and three remote human body temperature thermometers, according to Nguyen Hoa Hoi, Director of the Khanh Hoa Centre for International Health Quarantine.
  
The centre has also worked with relevant bodies to distribute flyers to local residents and tourists to help them prevent Zika virus. It has prepared protective gears, chemicals, and praying devices for prompt response if needed.

Director of the Khanh Hoa Tropical Diseases Hospital Nguyen Dong said the hospital has established quarantine areas for infectious diseases, including Zika virus, and deployed advanced blood filtering machines to treat severe cases.

Khanh Hoa recorded over 3,600 dengue cases so far this year, and one Zika infection in Phuoc Hoa ward, Nha Trang City in April.

The Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily through Aedes aegypty mosquito bites and sexual intercourse.

The symptoms of Zika infection include fever, conjunctivitis, headaches and muscle pains. Zika infection during pregnancy may lead to microcephaly in children, which is responsible for incomplete brain development and an unusually small head.

A vaccine for the Zika virus has yet to be discovered.-VNA