Written by Staff Writer
10 Feb, 2016 | 11:58 am
China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a 34 year old man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said the man was from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said.
Hong Kong’s Department of Health said in a statement that the man, who had travelled through the city on his return to China, worked in Dongguan, a bustling manufacturing city in the neighbouring southern province of Guangdong.
Hong Kong’s Port Health Office has stepped up inspections at the airport in response and reinforced training for boundary control inspectors, the statement added.
He is now being quarantined at a hospital in his hometown and is recovering normally, the report said.
Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to birth defects.
An international health emergency was declared by the World Health Organization over the virus, which has spread rapidly in South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean where Brazil has been particularly badly affected, prompting concern about its hosting of this summer’s Olympics.
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