Date
20 July 2017
A two-month-old baby afflicted with microcephaly is given a bath by his mother at their home in Recife, Brazil, an epicenter of the Zika outbreak. Photo: Reuters
A two-month-old baby afflicted with microcephaly is given a bath by his mother at their home in Recife, Brazil, an epicenter of the Zika outbreak. Photo: Reuters

China confirms second imported Zika case

China confirmed a second imported case of the Zika virus on Monday, six days after the first was detected, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

The Guangdong provincial branch of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said a passenger was found to have fever at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Friday before the patient was confirmed to have the Zika virus by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, the report said.

The patient was exposed to an infected person in Venezuela days before returning to Guangzhou on Feb. 9 via the Netherlands and Russia, the AQSIQ said in a statement.

China’s first patient with the virus was discharged from hospital on Sunday after a full recovery, the news agency said.

The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency to combat Zika as cases spread.

While it causes only mild flu-like symptoms in most people, Zika is strongly suspected of causing a rapid rise in the number of children born with microcephaly — abnormally small heads and brains — to mothers infected during pregnancy, Agence France-Presse reported.

Brazil has been most affected by the outbreak that has spread rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean, with 1.5 million people in the country infected since early 2015.

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