China reports 1st case of imported Zika virus

Beijing, Feb 10: China has reported its first case of the Zika virus in a man who recently traveled to Venezuela.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission says the 34-year-old man from the southern city of Ganzhou had been treated in Venezuela on January 28 before returning home on February 5 via Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. [List of countries which are affected by Zika Virus]

Zika Virus

The commission said the man was confirmed as having the Zika virus on Tuesday, but his temperature was now normal and a skin rash was receding. [Here's how you can avoid Zika Virus]

It said the virus is highly unlikely to spread in China due to low winter temperatures and a lack of mosquito activity, the primary avenue by which Zika spreads. Zika infections in pregnant women has been suspected for causing a rare birth defect.


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