China’s border region on Zika alert

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Beijing, Feb 13 (IANS) China’s border province of Yunnan is on high alert for Zika virus, providing 24-hour laboratory tests, the media reported on Saturday

Lu Lin, director of Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Yunnan, said on Friday that the centre is able to obtain the test result in four hours, the Global Times reported.

He said the centre has assessed risks of imported case of Zika virus in all prefectures and cities in the province, which borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.

China confirmed its first imported case of Zika virus on Tuesday.

The patient, a 34-year-old male from Jiangxi province, had showed symptoms of fever, headache and dizziness on January 28 in Venezuela, before returning to his hometown on February 5 via Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

He was treated in a hospital in Ganxian since February 6 and is now recovering.

Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has also adopted laboratory test for the virus and aimed at strict border quarantine checks after having detected the case.

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