Zika Virus is in Thailand.

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Zika Virus is in Thailand.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:25 pm

Don't panic, but this virus is also transmitted sexually... so, both safe sex and mosquito protection are helpful to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.
22 June, 2016
The Dreaded Zika Virus Lands in Thailand

A boy and a girl, both aged 13 years, have been diagnosed infected with the Zika virus and the village where they live in San Sai district declared a disease control zone, The Bangkok Post has reported.

Natee Damrong, mayor of Tambon Sai Sai Luang Municipality, issued an announcement under the Municipality Act of 1953 on Tuesday declaring Ban Cho village in Tambon San Sai Noi a ‘disease control area’ after the two 13-year-old residents were found on June 20 to have the Zika virus in their bloodstream.

Mr Natee said the quaranteed period is a regular practice and will last for twenty-eight days.

The boy and the girl were found to have the virus after returning from Phetchabun province.

These are the first cases known in Thailand of a quickly spreading disease that is, so far, very rare in South East Asia. There have been some cases reported in Vietnam but, until now, it was thought to be confined to the Americas and Africa.

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne infection that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys through a network that monitored yellow fever. It was later identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, the Pacific basin and now Asia. It can also be transmitted sexually and can cause brain damage in unborn children (fetus)

The World Health Organisation website explains;
Signs and Symptoms


The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days. The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days.
Complications of Zika virus disease

After a comprehensive review of evidence, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Intense efforts are continuing to investigate the link between Zika virus and a range of neurological disorders, within a rigorous research framework.
the-zika-virus-dataTransmission

Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes aegypti in tropical regions. Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day, peaking during early morning and late afternoon/evening. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Sexual transmission of Zika virus is also possible. Other modes of transmission such as blood transfusion are being investigated.
Diagnosis

Infection with Zika virus may be suspected based on symptoms and recent history of travel (e.g. residence in or travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission). A diagnosis of Zika virus infection can only be confirmed through laboratory tests on blood or other body fluids, such as urine, saliva or semen
Treatment

Zika virus disease is usually mild and requires no specific treatment. People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice. There is currently no vaccine available.
whoPrevention
Mosquito bites

Protection against mosquito bites is a key measure to prevent Zika virus infection. This can be done by wearing clothes (preferably light-coloured) that cover as much of the body as possible; using physical barriers such as window screens or closing doors and windows; sleeping under mosquito nets; and using insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535 or icaridin according to the product label instructions. Special attention and help should be given to those who may not be able to protect themselves adequately, such as young children, the sick or elderly. Travellers and those living in affected areas should take the basic precautions described above to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

It is important to cover, empty or clean potential mosquito breeding sites in and around houses such as buckets, drums, pots, gutters, and used tyres. Communities should support local government efforts to reduce mosquitoes in their locality. Health authorities may also advise that spraying of insecticides be carried out.
Sexual transmission

Sexual transmission of Zika virus has been documented in several different countries. To reduce the risk of sexual transmission and potential pregnancy complications related to Zika virus infection, the sexual partners of pregnant women, living in or returning from areas where local transmission of Zika virus occurs should practice safer sex (including using condoms) or abstain from sexual activity throughout the pregnancy.

People living in areas where local transmission of Zika virus occurs should also practice safer sex or abstain from sexual activity. In addition, people returning from areas where local transmission of Zika virus occurs should adopt safer sexual practices or abstain from sex for at least 8 weeks after their return, even if they don’t have symptoms. If men experience Zika virus symptoms they should adopt safer sexual practices or consider abstinence for at least 6 months. Those planning a pregnancy should wait at least 8 weeks before trying to conceive if no symptoms of Zika virus infection appear, or 6 months if one or both members of the couple are symptomatic.

To date there is no vaccine or preventive drug available for the use against the Zika Virus.

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Post by table42 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:07 pm

I smell another potential medical hustle at Cambodian border crossings with Thailand, especially at Poipet.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:56 pm

Deadly Zika virus turns up in Bangkok

Twenty-one cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Bangkok’s Sathon central business district, and officials are now watching for more possible infections in several adjacent districts.

Dr Wantanee Wattana, deputy permanent secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), said those infected included a formerly pregnant woman whose husband had just returned from Singapore, local media reported on Saturday.

The woman had a high temperature, rashes, joint pain and red eyes.

She contracted the virus in the 37th week of her pregnancy but has since given birth and both the mother and her newborn are safe.

A survey found many mosquito-breeding areas within a 100-metre radius of the family’s residence. Health surveillance of infected people will remain active in the area for the next 30 days and in districts adjacent to Sathon.

Sathon borders Bang Kholaem, Bang Rak, Khlong Toei, Pathumwan and Yannawa districts. Infected people are being advised to stay home for 30 days...

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Post by Luigi » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:26 am

As FLB previously stated it is surely in cambo now. Would your country side practitioner have the ability to distinguish zika from dengue or chinckingunya or am host of other illnesses? And would it matter?
Think they would do a blood draw & send to Pastuer Clinic. Highly unlikely. Tiger Balm! :facepalm:
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Post by Popeye » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:36 am

A boy and a girl, both aged 13 years
from sexual activity
The mind boggles, :whip:
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Post by bolueeleh » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:38 am

pretty sure by now zika is in most of ASEAN countries, juz that it havent been recognised n reported yet, if planing to have a baby soon, shld get tested first
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Post by sigmoid » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:17 pm

Hang on, let's think of the tourists who just want to enjoy their holidays without having to think about infectious diseases, especially those which are sexually-transmitted, and delete this thread immediately.

Thai authorities downplay Zika risk, worried by tourism impact
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Thai Health officials have expressed fears that the Zika virus will have a negative impact on the country’s booming tourism industry.

“...if we say which province has infections [of Zika] then attention will turn on that province, and if that province is popular with tourists it will have an impact on tourism,” Anuttarasakdi Ratchatatat, an epidemiologist at the health ministry’s Bureau of Vector Borne Disease, told Reuters.
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Post by SinnSisamouth » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:31 pm

maybe it will reduce the thais big heads.

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Post by Username Taken » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:20 pm

sigmoid wrote:Hang on, let's think of the tourists who just want to enjoy their holidays without having to think about infectious diseases, especially those which are sexually-transmitted, and delete this thread immediately.

Thai authorities downplay Zika risk, worried by tourism impact
OK, so just to re-iterate from the OP,

"Twenty-one cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Bangkok’s Sathon central business district


Sathon borders Bang Kholaem, Bang Rak, Khlong Toei, Pathumwan and Yannawa districts."


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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:40 pm

Citizens Told to Take Measures Against Zika

by Khy Sovuthy | January 30, 2016

The Ministry of Health issued a statement on Friday warning citizens to protect themselves from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been present in Cambodia for years but has recently been linked to birth defects in South America.

Zika normally produces mild, flu-like symptoms. However, after an outbreak in Brazil last year coincided with a sharp increase in babies born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains—known as microcephaly —the virus began making international headlines.

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