China’s bor­der re­gion on Zika alert

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

South­west China’s bor­der prov­ince of Yun­nan is on high alert for Zika, pro­vid­ing 24-hour lab­o­ra­tory tests for the virus.

Lu Lin, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion in Yun­nan, said that the cen­ter is able to ob­tain test re­sults in four hours.

He said the cen­ter has as­sessed risks of im­ported cases of Zika virus in all pre­fec­tures and cities in the prov­ince, which bor­ders Myan­mar, Laos and Viet­nam.

China con­firmed its first im­ported case of Zika virus on Feb 9.

The pa­tient, a 34-year-old male from Ganx­ian county of Jiangxi prov­ince, had showed symp­toms of fever, headache and dizzi­ness on Jan 28 in Venezuela, be­fore re­turn­ing to his home­town on Feb 5 via Hong Kong and Shen­zhen. He has been treated in a hos­pi­tal in Ganx­ian since Feb 6 and is re­cov­er­ing.

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