(From AFP)

A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.

The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and cannot spread between humans

Authorities said the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia.

The virus “was confirmed by blood tests”, Air Vice Marshall Santi Srisermpoke, director of Bangkok’s Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, told reporters.

“His symptoms were a fever, a rash and redness of the eyes,” he said, adding he had not travelled abroad.

The man has recovered and been discharged from hospital, he added, without giving further details of how long he was in hospital, or where he contracted the sickness.

Amnuay Gajeena, director-general of the disease control department of the public health ministry, said: “There is no need to panic… we have never had an epidemic of the Zika virus in Thailand. All of the cases were one-offs.” Read More

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