Finland reports second travel-related Zika case

Finland has had a second travel-related case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus since June, a Finnish health official said Wednesday, confirming a news report.

Epidemiologist Jussi Sane of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) told dpa the new case involved a traveller who had visited an affected area in Latin America.

He declined to offer further details of the patient or when the infection was detected.

Finnish broadcaster MTV broke the news.

The Nordic country's first case was in June, affecting a Finnish man who had been on holiday in the Maldives.

Early this month, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency over the Zika virus, which has mainly affected Brazil and other South American nations.

There is currently no known treatment for the virus, which is most frequently carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

While infection from the virus often presents only minor symptoms, some scientists suspect it may be linked to birth defects.

Sane said the Finnish agency recommended people at risk, especially pregnant women, avoid mosquito bites and reconsider whether to travel to Zika-affected areas.

Last update: Wed, 10/02/2016 - 17:20
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