After Zika Spikes to 9 cases in mainland, Hong Kong prepares for virus

Dr. Leung Ting-hung of the Centre for Health Protection briefs media on the Zika virus. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

With the ninth imported case of the Zika virus on the mainland announced yesterday, the threat of the mosquito-borne disease reaching Hong Kong looms closer.

A 23-year-old man who visited Venezuela and returned to his hometown in bordering Guangdong province on February 19 developed a skin rash a week later; when he sought medical advice he was confirmed to be carrying the Zika virus. He is now isolated at a hospital in Guangdong’s Enping city, and in a stable condition. He did not pass through Hong Kong.

Though authorities claim China is one of seven listed countries to see imported cases of Zika with “no possibility of ongoing transmission,” Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority has been working closely with the Department of Health in preparing the local public health sector against the virus.

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