Frist Zika virus case confirmed in China: Reports

    Frist Zika virus case confirmed in China: Reports

    Feb 10, Beijing: A 34-year-old man who recently travelled to South America has become China's first confirmed case of Zika virus infection, state media reported.

    China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said the man was from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua reported.

    The virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to birth defects.

    But Chinese authorities have downplayed the risk of it spreading there, because of the winter cold.

    The man had travelled through Hong Kong and Shenzhen on his way back from Venezuela, where he originally displayed symptoms, including a fever and dizziness, BBC news reports.

    He is now being quarantined at a hospital in his hometown and is recovering normally, the report said.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international health emergency over the virus, which has spread rapidly in South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean.

    The Oslo Times


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