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Chiang Mai Health Officials Play Down Threat of Recent Zika Virus Cases



A worker sprays insecticide for mosquitos at a village  bracing for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

A worker sprays insecticide for prevention of mosquito-borne Zika virus.



CHIANG MAI – Health officials in Sansai district of Chiang Mai have played down the threat of 4 new cases of the Zika Virus assuring residents that the transmission was contained.

District officer Adul Huaknil of Sansai district called a meeting with health officials from all health offices in the effected district to assess the Zika virus situation.

Health officials reported that altogether seven Zika virus infection cases were reported in the past three months, with four new infection cases last month.

Among the seven infected patients is a six-month pregnant woman.

Residents in the effected area have been advised to eliminate all breeding sources of mosquitoes to prevent the virus from spreading.

The situation is under control and transmission was contained, Huaknil said.

Meanwhile Department of Disease Control (DDC) director-general Amnuay Gajeena said the Zika virus situation in Thailand remained unchanged.

According to the Bangkok Post, he said although new cases have been discovered but the transmissions have been contained following strict control measures.

According to the Public Health Ministry, 97 Zika cases were reported in Thailand from January to the end of June, compared with an average of five to seven each year in the past.

Zika patients came from 16 of the country’s provinces, but only four provinces still are on the transmission watch list.

The rest have completed their 28-day surveillance program without new cases being reported, which means they have passed the virus’s incubation period, he said.

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