The Korea Herald


S. Korea confirms 14th Zika virus infection

By 줄리 잭슨 (Julie Jackson)

Published : Sept. 24, 2016 - 16:24

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South Korea has confirmed another  case of the Zika virus infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus here to 14, health authorities said Saturday.

    A 34-year-old man who recently made a trip to Thailand was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus on Friday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

    He is presumed to have been bitten by a mosquito during his  stay in the Southeast Asian nation from Sept. 8-16, the center said.

    The man remains in stable condition and is currently receiving an additional test at a Seoul hospital.

    Ten South Koreans infected with the virus have traveled to  Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines and Vietnam while four others made a trip to Central and South American nations such as Brazil, the KCDC said.

    The virus, first discovered in Africa, is almost non-life  threatening but is linked to thousands of birth defects in newborn babies like abnormally small heads and improperly developed brains. (Yonhap)