The number of Zika virus infections in the southern Vietnam city of Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)have tripled in recent weeks, according to the Vietnam Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Medicine today.

Ho Chi Minh City Image/Daderot
Ho Chi Minh City
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Through Oct. 31, HCM City has recorded 17 Zika virus cases detected by the local disease monitoring system.

This is up from five cases reported two weeks ago.

A Vietnam Net report states the city is also at the peak of dengue fever season, which is transmitted by the same type of mosquito as Zika virus, so the detection of more Zika cases is unavoidable.

This brings the total cases in the country to 23–Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Duong, Long An, Tra Vinh, and Dak Lak reported the other six cases.

On Sunday, the Health Ministry confirmed a Zika-related microcephaly case, the 1st in the country.