Zika virus case confirmed in Japan

The Japanese Health Ministry said Thursday it has confirmed the first case of Zika virus in Japan after its spread in Latin America since last year.

The mosquito-borne virus was detected in a male teenager in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, who stayed in Brazil, according to the ministry. He developed fever either while in Brazil or on his way home, it added.

The teenager stayed in the South American country from Feb 9 through Saturday for sightseeing with his family, returning home on Monday, the ministry said.

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