Vietnamese authorities report 1st microcephaly birth likely linked to Zika

The Ministry of Health's General Department of Preventive Medicine said on its website Sunday that the case had a "high probability of being linked to Zika virus and also the first in Vietnam.''

Hanoi | Updated: October 31, 2016 10:27 am
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Vietnam has reported its first case of microcephaly likely linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The four-month-old girl with an abnormally small head was born in central Vietnam to a mother confirmed to have had the virus when she was pregnant.

The Ministry of Health’s General Department of Preventive Medicine said on its website Sunday that the case had a “high probability of being linked to Zika virus and also the first in Vietnam.”

If confirmed, Vietnam would be the second country in Southeast Asia after Thailand to have microcephaly case linked to Zika. The virus generally causes a mild flu-like illness, but a major outbreak in Brazil last year revealed that it can result in severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected.