According to the official Xinhua news agency, China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus. It was detected in a man who had recently travelled to South America.
The infected man had been quarantined at a hospital and he was recovering with normal body temperature and a fading rash. Chinese health authorities downplayed the risk of the mosquito-borne virus spreading because of the winter cold. Most infected people have no symptoms or mild ones including fever and skin rashes.
Zika has spread quickly in South and Central America and the Caribbean countires. The World Health Organization declared an international health emergency on Feb. 1 over the possible link with a rise in cases of microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head that can result in developmental problems.