Man tests positive for Zika virus in first Danish case

A man in Denmark has tested positive for the Zika virus that has been linked to birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, a hospital in the western city of Aarhus said late Tuesday.

The man - the first to test positive in Denmark - was infected during a recent trip to Central and South America. Once he had returned home, he started showing symptoms including a headache and a fever.

The man was being treated at Aarhus University Hospital and "doing well," the hospital said.

The mosquito-borne virus has spread across 21 countries and territories in the Americas since an outbreak was detected in Brazil last May.

Health agencies have recommended pregnant women avoid mosquito bites and consult doctors before planning a trip to countries where the virus is circulating.

In most adult patients, a Zika infection causes only slight symptoms such as fever or rashes.

Last update: Wed, 22/06/2016 - 15:02
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