Danish man tests positive for Zika virus

Danish health officials say Danish man who travelled to Latin America has tested positive for Zika virus

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A researcher looks at Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, capable of spreading the Zika virus, at a lab in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 8, 2016.

A Danish man who returned from a trip to Mexico and Brazil has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, but is expected to recover soon, health officials said.

The man after returning from his trip visited an university hospital, in Denmark's second largest city Aarhus, due to headaches and muscle pain on Tuesday, Professor Lars Ostergaard said.

Prof. Ostergaard told Reuters that there is no risk of the virus spreading across Denmark. "His condition is good, he is recovering and he will be released from the hospital soon."

According to estimates, nearly 80 percent of infected people have no symptoms of the virus, also it is difficult to diagnose pregnant women to see whether they are infected or not.

The mosquito-born virus has caused brain damage in babies in Brazil, no effective medical treatment has been developed yet.

Another person from Virginia who travelled outside the United States has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, state health officials said on Tuesday.

Zika is an infectious virus that causes brain damage and physical development problems in new born babies resulting in unusually small heads. The virus was not a crisis in Brazil until this year, when health experts found a connection with the extreme increase of microcephaly.

Since October, nearly 400 suspected Zika cases of microcephaly have been reported in Brazil, compared with less than 150 cases in the country in all of 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies