Zika alert for Vietnam

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Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a travel alert for Vietnam after it confirmed a new case of Zika virus infection that was imported from the Southeast Asian country. This is the second confirmed imported case of Zika virus this year.

In response to the newly confirmed case, the CDC has raised its travel advisory level regarding the Zika virus for Vietnam to the second-highest level, an alert that urges travellers to affected areas to be on their guard against infection.

For example, travellers to Zika infected areas should: use a suitable repellent, wear neutral coloured clothing and garments that are long-sleeved, pre-soak or spray outer layer clothing with permethrin (an insecticide), and apply sunscreen before repellent.

Travellers are advised to seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms of fever, accompanied by a rash, joint pain and/or conjunctivitis within two weeks of their return from Zika-affected areas, and inform their physician of their travel history.