China reports first case of imported Zika virus

The virus is unlikely to spread in China due to low temperatures and lack of mosquito activity.

February 10, 2016 10:15 am | Updated December 04, 2021 10:57 pm IST - BEIJING

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus.

China has reported its first case of the Zika virus in a man who recently travelled 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.

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.

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 infection in pregnant women has been suspected for causing a rare birth defect .

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