Maltese man held in isolation after contracting Zika virus

A 32-year-old Maltese man is being held in isolation at his home after contracting the Zika virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

The man had travelled to American Samoa in January and subsequently fell ill. But by his arrival in Malta on February 3, his fever had subsided and his illness was not considered contagious, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne told a news conference. 

Still, the health authorities have decided that he should be held in isolation. 

The virus has caused international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas.

The World Health Organization declared Zika an international health emergency, citing concern over a possible link with a rise in cases of microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head that can result in developmental problems. 

Last update: Thu, 11/02/2016 - 20:51
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