What started in Brazil and quickly spread to most of the Americas has now appeared in Vietnam where two women have reportedly been infected with the Zika virus. One is a 64-year-old woman and the second is 33 years old and eight weeks pregnant. Government health officials have quarantined the families of each.
Zika is particularly troublesome for pregnant women as many health official believe the disease causes microcephaly, a birth defect that leaves infants with abnormally small heads.
Other Asian countries with current reports of Zika infections include China, Thailand and Japan.
Compassion International is one of several faith-based organizations combatting Zika and other mosquito-born diseases with a campaign called Bite Back, which allows individuals to raise money for mosquito nets. Simple mosquito nets, which can cost as much as $18, are one of the best ways to prevent the spread of mosquito-born diseases like Zika and malaria.
Pray for Vietnam and other Asian countries as they combat the spread of Zika, and for the success of Compassion’s Bite Back campaign.
The article above is a summary of the news listed below:
Fox News: Vietnam reports first Zika infections, raises alarm
DW: Zika virus discovered in Vietnam
The Daily Caller: Zika Virus Has Spread Into Asia
Compassion International: Biting Back
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