China reports its first case of Zika virus

Chinese government says country's first case of Zika virus found in 34-year-old man

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Chinese government says China’s first case of Zika virus is an 34-year-old man.

Chinese government report first case of Zika virus in an 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission said the man had been treated in Venezuela on Jan. 28 before returning home on Feb. 5.

Also, the commission said his treatment process is still continuing since last Tuesday when first confirmation comes about he has the Zika virus.

The disease starts with a mosquito bite and normally causes little more than a fever and rash; therefore, 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 spreads.

The mosquito-borne virus -- thought to cause birth defects -- has seen an outbreak in the Americas and health authorities have warned it could infect up to four million people on the continent and spread worldwide.

But since October, Brazil has reported 404 confirmed cases of microcephaly where the baby's head is abnormally small -- up from 147 in 2014 -- plus 3,670 suspected cases.

The timing has fuelled strong suspicions that Zika is causing the birth defect.

The virus has also been linked to a potentially paralysing nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome in some patients.

TRTWorld and agencies