Zika Virus Found In Indonesia: Authorities stumble across positive case

A doctor holds container of the Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae. Photo: Xinhua

An Indonesian research institute said on Sunday it had found one positive Zika case on Sumatra island, adding that the virus has been circulating in the country “for a while”.

Indonesia’s health ministry could not immediately comment on the report by the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology.

The mosquito-borne virus has sparked widespread alarm in parts of the Americas. It is suspected of causing grave brain damage in newborns and has similar symptoms to dengue fever.

The institute said a 27-year-old man living in Jambi province on Sumatra island who had never travelled overseas had been found to be infected. It said it stumbled on the case while studying a dengue outbreak in the province.Read More

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