Imported case of Zika virus: Lessons learnt from Taiwan case

In Taiwan, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported the first imported case of Zika virus. The patient, a 31-year-old male, was caught infected by the Zika virus when he arrived from Thailand on April 21. He was diagnosed with a fever, sore throat, and generalised skin rash on April 23, and was immediately admitted to a hospital. He has remained in stable condition since, and no medical treatments have been sought. The patient is being monitored for further symptoms of Zika virus infection.

The Center for Health Protection has reported that another imported case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Guangdong Province. In addition, a woman from Suriname has been reported to have been infected by the disease. The woman traveled to Guangdong Province, China’s southern neighbor, on July 9. She reported experiencing a skin rash on July 8, and was immediately admitted to a hospital. The patient has been hospitalised and is doing well.

A Venezuelan man recently arrived in Mainland China. He has developed fever and skin rash since he was in the area. The Center for Health Protection has issued a travel warning for pregnant women, and has urged people to take strict anti-mosquito measures and practice safe sex during travel. The virus is spread through mosquito bites, so pregnant women should avoid visiting affected regions unless they are extremely pregnant.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) has confirmed a single case of Zika virus in the Mainland. The patient, a 40-year-old male from Suriname, travelled to Guangdong on November 8 and exhibited symptoms of fever and headache. He was transferred to the North District Hospital on November 12. He has remained in a stable condition and is currently being treated in isolation.

An imported case of Zika virus has been reported in Mainland China. The man, a 40-year-old Venezuelan, arrived at the Guangzhou airport on April 28. He has reported low-grade fever and skin rash. He was hospitalized and is in stable condition. There have been 22 imported cases of Zika virus in the Mainland. The number of affected areas is growing daily, and the risks of getting the virus are increasing.

The latest reported case of Zika virus in Hong Kong is a 19-year-old Venezuelan man who arrived in the Mainland on April 28. He had been suffering from underlying illnesses and was found to have a generalised maculopapular rash and diarrhoea. He was hospitalized for medical treatment and was in a stable condition. A total of 22 imported cases of Zika virus in the Mainland has been reported in the country.

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