South steps up preventive measures against dengue fever, Zika virus

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long on February 16 urged agencies and local authorities in the southern region to take preventive measures against outbreaks of dengue and Zika virus infections. “The World Health Organisation has issued a warning that Việt Nam is inside the ‘belt’ affected by dengue and Zika. We should take measures to prevent an outbreak this year,” he said at a meeting on disease prevention held in HCM City. Phan Trọng Lân, head of the Pasteur Institute, said that continued infections would be inevitable if surveillance and other measures were not taken to control mosquitoes that act as the primary vector for Zika transmission.

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