Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 480--481

What can we interpret from the distance between sites with emerging Zika virus infection? A case of Thailand


Somsri Wiwanitkit1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, Haikou, China

Correspondence Address:
Somsri Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. What can we interpret from the distance between sites with emerging Zika virus infection? A case of Thailand.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:480-481


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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. What can we interpret from the distance between sites with emerging Zika virus infection? A case of Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Mar 29 ];10:480-481
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Dear Sir,

Emerging Zika virus infection becomes the big public health problem at global level.[1],[2] The disease emerges in several countries around the world including Thailand. An interesting concern is a way that disease spreads in the new settings. In Thailand, there are seven confirmed cases of Zika virus in different provinces.[3] Here, the authors analyzed the data on the distance between sites with emerging Zika virus infection in Thailand. The result is shown in [Table 1]. It can be seen that the distance between each two sites is variable but the distance is usually considerable far. This cannot allow the mosquito vector to fly from one site to the other. Furthermore, the indexed cases have no history of traveling to other endemic countries. It can imply that the disease should be carried from the human host from one to the other site or it might imply that the virus already widely circulates is several areas of Thailand.{Table 1}

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