China reported its first case of Zika virus infection, state media Xinhua News reported Tuesday, citing the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). However, health authorities said the risk of the virus spreading was low because of the winter cold.
A 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela showed symptoms of fever, headache and dizziness, Xinhua reported. The man, who hails from Ganxian county of Jiangxi province, has been quarantined at a local hospital since Feb. 6, the report added.
The World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the virus on Feb. 1, citing an unproved but strongly suspected link between the virus and microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with small heads and undeveloped brains.