Zika Virus: China’s First Case Confirmed

Zika virus

The first case of Zika virus contamination is confirmed in China. A 34-year-old man, who travelled to South America recently, is the first person in China to be confirmed as infected with the virus, as reported by the state media.

The  report also confirmed that the man is from Ganxian county which is in the eastern province of Jiangxi.

However, the officials claimed that spreading the virus from this one known case is apparently low because of the current low temperature throughout the country.

The patient, reportedly, contracted the virus during a trip to Venezuela. The man is said to be recovering and has returned to Jiangxi via Shenzhen and Hong Kong, reported The Beijinger.

The HongKong Health Department statement said that Hong Kong’s Port Health Office has started inspection at the airport in response and strengthened training for boundary control inspectors. The statement also affirmed that there was a risk of Zika spreading locally if it was introduced to Hong Kong. It is because there are Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes, which transmit the virus, in the area.

Zika is spreading rapidly across South and Central America. Until now there were still no risk speculated in  Asia. Although, recently a report stated that in 1952 some cases of Zika infection were detected in India but experts claimed that the virus never got introduced to India as well as Asia again.

Even so, World Health Organisation urged China and other countries that have dengue cases to monitor Zika infection in their places.

WHO stated, “Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Other transmission modes are still under investigation. People with Zika virus disease usually have a mild fever, skin rash (exanthema), and conjunctivitis. These  symptoms normally last for 2 – 7 days.”

Recently the British biotech company Oxitec claimed that releasing genetically modified mosquitoes could stop the Zika virus crisis.  They said that engineered mosquitoes would be able to not only solve the problem but eradicate it from the world.

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