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China reports first case of imported Zika virus

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Health worker Javier Lozano empties stagnant water from a tire during a campaign to destroy potential hatcheries of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus in Villavicencio, Colombia.

BEIJING (AP):

China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently travelled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said yesterday.

The 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, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement.

The commission said he had been confirmed as having the Zika virus on Tuesday and was being treated at the Ganxian People's Hospital. His temperature is now normal and a skin rash is receding, it said.

The commission said the chances of the virus spreading in China were "extremely low" due to cold winter temperatures and a lack of mosquito activity, the primary avenue by which Zika is transmitted.