If you’re planning a trip to Laos soon, you might want to consider putting a halt for a little while since it was announced this week that a potential Zika outbreak is threatening this country.
Health authorities will continue to collaborate with international organizations and the local population to monitor the global and national situation regarding the possibility of a Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak. At present, even though it has not been officially reported in Laos, health authorities are gearing up to combat any potential outbreak of the virus.
Efforts include strengthening the vector programme through community ownership as the transmission of Zika is similar to that of dengue fever, an official said.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Zika virus first caught the world’s attention when thousands of cases reported in Brazil dating back to 2015 appeared to suggest a strong correlation with fetal brain deformities amongst the newborn children of infected pregnant women.
Most people who are infected do not show symptoms and those who do usually have a mild fever, skin rash and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
All countries should base their Zika threat assessment on evidence and consider local risk factors and consequences in relation to their population.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine available for the virus; the best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
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