The Beijing Municipal Planning Commission reported its first imported case of Zika virus in the city. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are not native to Beijing, therefore the only risk of Zika is from imported cases.
The virus was brought to Beijing by a female was infected in Venezuela in May 11. Her symptoms included a fever accompanied by a small rash. She returned to Beijing on the morning of May 14. Upon entering China, she was screened for the virus and hospitalized. She is currently in stable condition.
The Beijing Center for Disease Control reported that the patient’s saliva and urine samples tested positive for Zika. Experts believe that Zika is a mosquito-borne disease, and patients are infected through mosquito bites. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are more likely to carry Zika than other species. Beijing does not have aedes aegypti mosquitos, but travelers still may import the disease.
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