13th Zika virus infection confirmed in Korea

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13th Zika virus infection confirmed in Korea

South Korea has confirmed an additional case of the Zika infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus here to 13, local health authorities said Sunday.

The 28-year-old man came back from a recent trip to the Philippines and was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus on Sept. 17, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The man, whose identity is withheld, is presumed to have gotten a mosquito bite during his stay in the Southeast Asian nation from Sept. 2-13, the KCDC said.

He remains in stable condition and is currently receiving an additional test at a Seoul hospital, KCDC officials said.

His case, which took place four days after the latest infection, raises the number of Zika patients in South Korea to 13. Previous patients were infected with the virus after coming back from trips to countries including Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

The virus, first discovered in Africa, has been linked to thousands of birth defects in newborn babies like abnormally small heads and improperly developed brains in Brazil. (Yonhap)

South Korea has confirmed an additional case of the Zika infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus here to 13, local health authorities said Sunday.

The 28-year-old man came back from a recent trip to the Philippines and was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus on Sept. 17, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The man, whose identity is withheld, is presumed to have gotten a mosquito bite during his stay in the Southeast Asian nation from Sept. 2-13, the KCDC said.

He remains in stable condition and is currently receiving an additional test at a Seoul hospital, KCDC officials said.

His case, which took place four days after the latest infection, raises the number of Zika patients in South Korea to 13. Previous patients were infected with the virus after coming back from trips to countries including Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

The virus, first discovered in Africa, has been linked to thousands of birth defects in newborn babies like abnormally small heads and improperly developed brains in Brazil. (Yonhap)

Park Si-soo pss@koreatimes.co.kr
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