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Zika Confirmed South Korea ex-Brazil

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S. Korea reports first Zika virus-infected patient

2016/03/22 09:33

SEJONG, March 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has confirmed the first case of a patient here being infected with the South America-originated Zika virus, the health authorities said Tuesday, sparking fears that the brain-damaging virus will penetrate the country.

A 43-year-old man tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus after traveling to Brazil between mid-February and early March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus outbreak a global emergency.

Zika was first discovered in Africa, and has spread to parts of Asia and Latin America, including many Caribbean countries.

In Asia, China and Japan have reported a few confirmed cases.

brk@yna.co.kr

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