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    Feb 11, 2016

    China's 1st Zika case: Man went to Venezuela


    CHINA has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

    The virus, which is spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a 34-year-old man from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said, citing China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.

    The infected Chinese man had travelled to Venezuela and displayed symptoms including fever, headache and dizziness on Jan 28, Xinhua said. He returned home on Feb 5 via Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

    Hong Kong's Port Health Office has stepped up inspections at the airport and reinforced training for boundary control inspectors.

    There is a possible link between pregnant women infected with the Zika virus and babies born with abnormally small heads.

    Researchers are studying whether the virus can be transmitted via sex, blood transfusions or contact with bodily fluids, like saliva and urine, where scientists have found traces of the virus.