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Hong Kong - First imported case of Zika confirmed

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  • Hong Kong - First imported case of Zika confirmed

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (August 25) investigating the first imported case of Zika Virus Infection, and urged the public to adopt strict anti-mosquito measures and safe sex during travel. Pregnant women and those planning pregnancy should not travel to affected areas.

    The patient is a 38-year-old woman with good past health. She has developed joint pain and red eyes since August 20. She has been afebrile all along. She attended the out-patient clinic of a private hospital on August 23 and did not require hospitalisation.

    Her blood and urine specimens were tested positive for Zika virus upon laboratory testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch this evening. She is currently in stable condition. She has been put under isolation in a vector-free (mosquito-free) environment in United Christian Hospital for further management.

    Initial epidemiological investigation revealed that the patient had visited Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean from August 6 to 20 and returned to Hong Kong on August 22. She could recall mosquito bites while in the Caribbean. Her travel collaterals have remained asymptomatic.

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    According to newspaper reports, police officers were required as the patient was not cooperating with health officials.

    The patient had travelled to the Caribbean, where she was bitten by mosquitoes