Denmark resident diagnosed with Zika

Denmark resident diagnosed with Zika

A Denmark resident who travelled outside Denmark has tested positive for mosquito-transmitted Zika virus say health officials.

The Danish man, who had returned from a trip to Mexico and Brazil, is expected to recover soon, health officials said.

Professor Lars Ostergaard, from the Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Medicine at University Hospital in Aarhus, said the man in his mid-twenties suffered fever, headaches and muscle pain and was tested at the hospital on Tuesday.

Despite initial reports suggesting the man had been sent home, Professor Ostergaard said the patient is still recovering in hospital.

Professor Ostergaard said: “His condition is good, he is recovering and he will be released from the hospital soon.”

An estimated 80 per cent of people infected have no symptoms, making it difficult for pregnant women to know whether they have been infected.

The hospital says there is little risk of the virus spreading in Denmark because the mosquito carrying the virus isn’t found in the country.

The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

An outbreak of the virus is currently being spread across South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Symptoms include mild fever, sore eyes, headache, joint pain and a red, bumpy rash.

Women in El Salvador, South America have been warned to avoid getting pregnant for two years to prevent birth defects from the Zika virus.

Microcephaly is a birth defect being associated to women who have been infected by the virus. It is caused by below normal brain development in utero.

Babies born with the birth defect have a below-average head size often caused by failure of brain to grow at a healthy and normal rate.

Some babies are left with brains so underdeveloped they might experience walking, sight, hearing and learning difficulties.

Children who survive face severe disabilities and possible seizures.

No link between the virus and Microcephaly has been confirmed but Brazil has seen a rise in babies diagnosed with the birth defects at the same time as the Zika outbreak.

It’s believed the virus can also be sexually transmitted.

ree British travellers are confirmed to have contracted the Zika virus after visits to Colombia, Suriname and Guyana, according to Public Health England.

No other information on the cases have been provided by Public Health England, other than: “ZIKV does not occur naturally in the UK.”

It has also become a threat in the US, where cases have been confirmed in Florida and Illinois.

Health experts say such cases are to be expected in Europe, given the scale of the outbreak in South America and the frequency of international travel.

But Zika is not expected to pose a threat in colder countries since they are not warm enough for the virus-carrying Aedes mosquito to breed.


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