Hong Kong reports first case of Zika Virus as
disease begins to spread in Asia

by Calvin Trent

A woman in Hong Kong has been diagnosed with the Zika virus in the global financial hubís first case of the mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly across the Americas and parts of Africa over the past year.

The 38-year-old patient began showing symptoms like red eyes and joint pain before testing positive five days later.

Zika causes a defect known as microcephaly (and possibly more) in children born to women with the disease.

The disease has spread rapidly across South and North America, including the U.S. In Asia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Malaysia have reported outbreaks. South Korea too has confirmed 10 cases of the virus thus far.

The Hong Kong official added that the governmentís priority is restricting the population of mosquitoes in the densely crowded subtropical city of over 7 million people.

Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs so looking for all the standing water in every barangay is the first step to stopping this virus in the Philippines.

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