Zika Virus Found in VN Mosquitos - News on 18th October 2016


1) Zika virus found in VN mosquitos

The Zika virus has been discovered in a small sampling of Aedes mosquitos in the costal city of Nha Trang, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology reported.

The recent discovery of some cases of local Zika virus transmition occurred as local authorities were monitoring the spread of the mosquito-borne Dengue Fever virus.

The project to wipe out Dengue in Việt Nam collected 23,680 samples of the Aedes female mosquito from March 2015 to May 2016.

The results showed that 56 samples of mosquitos tested positive for Zika (accouting for 0.24 per cent of the total samples), 26 samples were positive for the Dengue virus (0.12 per cent), and no…

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2) HN begins to build southern gateway road

Construction has started on the main road in the southern gateway of the city in Hoàng Mai District at a cost of VNĐ2,067 billion (US$92.66 million).

Tam Chinh Road, linking beltway 2 with beltway 3, is expected to create favourable conditions for travel, especially for the district’s residents. It will help miminise transport pressure on the southern routes of the city, promote social-economic development and create a beautiful and modern landscape in the region.

The 3,557m road will be completed within 720 days.

The city budget and the district’s land-use fund have invested in the project.

Expense for land clearance work is…

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3) Climate change could push 122 mln into extreme poverty: UN

’We can not assure that we will have the harvest we have planted.’

Climate change could sink up to 122 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030, mostly in South Asia and Africa, where small farmers would see their output plummet, the U.N. warned Monday.

In an annual report, the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) warned that a worst-case scenario involving high-impact climate change would pound the communities that rely on agriculture for their livelihood.

It called for a “broad-based transformation of food and agricultural systems” to adapt to a warmer world, and doubling down on support for the world’s 475 million smallholder farm families.

“There is no doubt climate change affects food security,” FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva said.

“What climate change does is to bring…

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4) Ho Chi Minh City to hire int’l professionals for drainage system planning

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking the help of international experts to improve the local drainage system against the backdrop of increasingly severe flooding.

The municipal People’s Committee has approved a proposal by the Department of Transport on adjusting the planning of drainage systems.

The transport department has tasked the Ho Chi Minh City Management Board of Environmental Sanitation with initiating the scheme.

An international bid is set to be organized to select a competent and suitable organization for the adjustment and improvement of the drainage system by 2030, with a vision toward 2050.

Local experts and scientists have…

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