HANOI — The Ministry of Health of Vietnam on Tuesday reported the country’s first two cases of infecting Zika virus in southern Khanh Hoa province and Ho Chi Minh City, said local media.

The first patient is a 64 year-old woman living in Khanh Hoa’s Nha Trang city, reported local VNExpress online newspaper on Tuesday.

She started fever on March 26 with symptoms of mild fever, headache, rash in two legs and pinkeye.

After two days of self-treatment at home, she was not better and went to Khanh Hoa Hospital of Tropical Diseases.

On March 31, test results in Nha Trang Pasteur Institute showed that the patient is positive with Zika virus.

The test sample was later transferred to be tested again in the Hanoi-based National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE).

The NIHE’s test result on Monday showed that the female patient is positive with the disease.

Meanwhile, the second case is a 33 year-old woman in the country’s southern Ho Chi Minh City’s District Two. The patient started getting ill on March 29 with similar symptoms of typhus, conjunctivitis and fatigue.

The patient went to General Hospital of District Two on the same day. Two consecutive test results showed that she was infected with the Zika virus.

Later, the NIHE’s test result on Monday also showed that the female patient is positive with the disease, reported VNExpress. (PNA/Xinhua)

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