Beijing reports first imported Zika case in woman who visited Venezuela as Guangdong confirms 12th patient

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, in this March 6, 2016, file photo.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, in this March 6, 2016, file photo. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Xinhua) - Beijing authorities said on Sunday (May 15) the city has its first imported case of Zika, while the southern province of Guangdong reported its 12th case of imported infection.

The Beijing patient, a 29-year-old female from eastern Shandong province, developed a skin rash and a fever in Venezuela on May 11 local time and returned to China on May 13 Beijing time, the capital's health and family planning commission said in a statement.

She was tested positive for the virus on Sunday and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

But experts from the commission said further spreading of the disease in Beijing is relatively low.

In Guangdong, the provincial health and family planning commission said on Sunday a 37-year-old male, a Chinese citizen living in Venezuela, developed a skin rash and a fever after returning to Enping City on April 28 and tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

The man is currently isolated in hospital and receiving treatment, the authorities said.

The World Health Organisation in February declared a global emergency amid a Zika outbreak in Central and South America. China has also been on alert as the warming weather may facilitate the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

Symptoms of Zika include fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis, headache and muscle pain.