Danish man tests positive
for Zika virus after Brazil trip
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[January 27, 2016]
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish man
who returned from a trip to Mexico and Brazil has tested positive for
the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, but is expected to recover soon,
health officials said.
The man in his mid-twenties suffered fever, headaches and muscle
pain and was tested in the University Hospital in Denmark's second
biggest city Aarhus on Tuesday, Professor Lars Ostergaard said.
The doctor said he saw no risk of the disease spreading further in
Denmark. "His condition is good, he is recovering and he will be
released from the hospital soon," Ostergaard told Reuters.
The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to brain damage in
thousands of babies in Brazil. There is no vaccine or treatment for
Zika, a close cousin of dengue and chikungunya, which causes mild
fever and rash.
An estimated 80 percent of people infected have no symptoms, making
it difficult for pregnant women to know whether they have been
Three Britons who traveled to South America have also been infected,
health officials said last week.
Health experts say such cases are to be expected in Europe, given
the scale of the outbreak in South America and the frequency of
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But Zika is not expected to pose a threat in colder countries since
they are not warm enough for the virus-carrying Aedes mosquito to
(Reporting by Ole Mikkelsen, additional reporting by Teis Jensen and
Ben Hirschler; Editing by Nick Macfie and Andrew Heavens)
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