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China confirms first imported case of Zika virus

China confirms first imported case of Zika virus


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

The patient is a 34-year-old male from Ganxian county of Jiangxi Province in the east.

Officials say he is recovering from the virus, which has hit record numbers in the Americas.

It’s been suggested he had traveled to Venezuela and showed symptoms of fever, headache and dizziness before returning home.

Despite initial fears, officials of the NHFPC said the situation will be contained.

The Zika virus spreads to people through mosquito bites. Its symptoms include fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis, headache, muscle pain and eye pain.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is linked to an outbreak of birth defects in Latin America.

Latin American health ministers have held an emergency meeting in Uruguay to come up with solutions to combat it.