Zika virus found in Danish tourist returning from South America

Agence France-Presse
Zika virus found in Danish tourist returning from South America

AFP

(UPDATED) 'A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus'

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (UPDATED) – A Danish tourist returning from Latin America has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, which has been blamed for a surge in birth defects in the region, triggering a major health scare.

“A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus,” Aarhus hospital in eastern Denmark said in a statement late Tuesday, January 26.

Britain has also reported a handful of cases in travelers returning from South America while the Netherlands has confirmed 10 cases of infection, also in travelers returning from the region.

The Zika virus, a flu-like disease that is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has been linked to a jump in the number of babies born in Latin America, particularly Brazil, with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads.

There is no cure or vaccine.

The Danish patient was a young man who was expected to make a full recovery, the head of Aarhus hospital, Lars Ostergaard told public broadcaster DR. – Rappler.com

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