A Danish hospital has announced one of the first cases in Europe Zika virus transmitted by a mosquito bite and associated with an explosion of microcephalic babies births in Latin America.
“A Danish tourist who traveled to South and Central America was diagnosed on his return to Zika virus infection,” said Aarhus hospital in a statement released Tuesday night.
Cases involving other European tourists also went to South America had been reported in previous days: three Britons, according to health authorities in London and ten Dutch, from their counterparts in the Netherlands.
The Danish patient is a young man, which excludes any concerns, said on public television DR a manager at Aarhus Hospital, Lars Østergaard.
The virus, which takes its name from a forest in Uganda, where he was spotted for the first time in 1947, is spread by the bite of the tiger mosquito (Aedes aegypti).
There is no cure or vaccine, the only treatment of the symptoms, ie most often flu-like manifestations (fever, headache, body aches) with rashes.
In pregnant women, the virus can be transmitted to the fetus and cause birth defects, such as microcephaly, or death.
Several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean where it is endemic proportions went up to recommend women not to get pregnant.