A worker fumigates an area in Thailand  (Photo: AFP)

Hanoi (VNA/NNT) - The Thai Ministry of Public Health has asked people to destroy mosquito breeding grounds to prevent outbreaks of Zika, dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn’s request came after the Department of Disease Control’s discovery of three newborn babies with heads smaller than usual.

Medical tests have yet to be taken to prove whether these babies are infected with Zika virus. The minister then urged people not to jump to conclusions and wait for the test results.

Piyasakol claimed that Zika virus is a common disease around the world and there is no need to panic. He also urged that homes, schools and temples be kept dry to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.

Patients infected with Zika virus usually have visible red rashes on their bodies, display fever, develop red eyes and experience joint pains. Symptoms are not usually severe and patients become better in a few days even without medical treatment.-VNA