Hot on the heels of Taiwan, the mainland has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man recently returned from South America.
Xinhua reports that the unnamed man, 34, hailing from Ganxian county in Jiangxi province, was visiting Venezuela in January. Upon flying back to China via Hong Kong on February 5, he displayed symptoms of fever, headache, and dizziness. He’s been quarantined in hospital since February 6 and is said to be recovering.
At the start of the month, the World Health Organisation declared the Zika virus an international health emergency for its suspected link to microcephaly, a birth defect resulting in an undersized head.
Nonetheless, Chinese authorities are advising that the public chill. According to them, there’s not that much risk of the disease spreading more ferociously due to winter viruses.