First S. Korean Diagnosed with Zika

Write : 2016-03-22 09:26:36 Update : 2016-03-22 14:40:27

First S. Korean Diagnosed with Zika

A case of the Zika virus infection has been confirmed in a South Korean national.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) said that a 43-year-old South Korean man had tested positive to polymerase chain reaction(PCR) tests on Tuesday morning. 

He had been to Brazil on a business trip from February 17th to March eleventh. He began displaying Zika symptoms, including muscle pain and a high fever last Wednesday.

The diagnosis marks the first confirmation of the mosquito-borne virus among South Koreans.

Zika is suspected to be linked to microcephaly, a condition in which an infant is born with an abnormally small head and an underdeveloped brain in most cases. The Zika-microcephaly link, however, is still being analyzed.

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