China has confirmed its first case of Zika virus in a man who had recently traveled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
This virus is causing international alarm after the broadcast through much of the Americas, was detected in a 34-year-old Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said, citing Family Planning Commission China National Health e.
The Chinese health authorities minimized the risk of mosquito-borne virus spread because of the cold winter, Xinhua said.
Department of Health of Hong Kong said in a statement that the man, who had traveled through the city on his return to China, worked in Dongguan, a bustling manufacturing city in the south of the neighboring province of Guangdong.
Health Office Port of Hong Kong has stepped up inspections at the airport of response and training of inspectors enhanced border control, the statement added.
There is a risk that could spread locally if Zika was introduced in Hong Kong, according to the document, and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that transmit the virus, live there. But there are cases of the virus in Hong Kong have been reported so far, he said.
The infected man had been quarantined at a hospital in his hometown since February 6, he told Xinhua, adding that recovered with normal body temperature and a rash discoloration.
Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man told reporters that the office was seeking details of the history of man’s journey of the mainland authorities that had passed through the city.
The risk of contracting the virus through human contact was low, so that the office was not concerned about the spread of the disease in Hong Kong, Koh said, but added that the authorities are closely monitoring the situation.
the health authorities of the continent could not be reached immediately for comment.
Zika has spread rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, with Brazil the most affected country.
The World Health Organization declared an international health emergency on February 1 about the virus, citing concerns over a possible link with increased cases of microcephaly, a congenital defect characterized by an abnormally small head which may result in developmental problems.
Most infected people have no symptoms or are mild fever and rashes.
The Chinese infected had traveled to Venezuela and symptoms include fever, headache and dizziness on Jan 28, Xinhua said is. He returned to his home on February 5 through Hong Kong and Shenzhen.