China’s first Zika patient discharged

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Beijing, Feb 14 (IANS) China’s first patient with the Zika virus was discharged from hospital on Sunday.

China confirmed the case on February 9, Xinhua news agency reported.

The patient, a 34-year-old man from Ganxian county in Jiangxi province, had developed fever, headache and dizziness on January 28 in Venezuela, before returning to his hometown on February 5 via Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

He has been treated in a hospital in Ganxian since February 6, said the provincial health and family planning commission.

He has fully recovered after treatment, according to the statement. Tests on his serum, urine and saliva samples returned with negative results.

Symptoms of the Zika virus, which spreads to people through mosquito bites, include fever, joint pain, a rash, conjunctivitis, headache and muscle pain.

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