China de­tects first im­ported case of Zika virus

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China has con­firmed an im­ported case of Zika virus, the coun­try’s first, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (NHFPC) an­nounced .

The pa­tient, a 34-year-old male from Ganx­ian county of Jiangxi prov­ince, is re­cov­er­ing with nor­mal body tem­per­a­ture and fad­ing rash.

He had trav­eled to Venezuela and showed symp­toms of fever, headache and dizzi­ness on Jan 28, be­fore re­turn­ing to his home­town on Feb 5 via Hong Kong and Shen­zhen. He has been quar­an­tined and treated in a hos­pi­tal in Ganx­ian since Feb 6.

The NHFPC said that ac­cord­ing to eval­u­a­tion by pub­lic health of­fi­cials and ex­perts, the risk of fur­ther spread­ing of the virus due to this case is ex­tremely low.

Symp­toms of Zika virus, which spreads to peo­ple through mos­quito bites, in­clude fever, joint pain, rash, con­junc­tivi­tis, headache, mus­cle pain and eye pain.

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