Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP notified of ninth imported case of Zika Virus Infection in Mainland. Excerpt and then a comment:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification today (February 29) of the ninth imported case of Zika Virus Infection in the Mainland from the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, and again urged the public, particularly pregnant women, those planning pregnancy and immunocompromised patients, to adopt strict anti-mosquito measures during travel.
According to the health authorities in the Mainland, the male patient aged 23 lives in Venezuela and arrived in Guangdong on February 19. He developed skin rash on February 26 and sought medical attention on the same day. The case was subsequently laboratory confirmed by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province. At present, the male patient is hospitalised for isolation and management in Enping, Guangdong. He is now in stable condition. The patient did not pass through Hong Kong.
"Routine health surveillance on the body temperature of inbound travellers at all boundary control points is ongoing. Suspected cases will be referred to healthcare facilities for follow-up. However, at present, around 70 to 80 per cent of infected people are asymptomatic and most can recover fully. Therefore, we again urge those arriving from Zika-affected areas to apply insect repellent for 14 days upon arrival to reduce the risk of transmission," the spokesman for the DH said.
We seem to be learning more about Zika in Venezuela from China than from Venezuela itself. The Venezuelans are saying very little, and this is, I think, the third Zika case in China that originated in Venezuela.