Hong Kong’s first Zika patient tests negative

Hong Kong's first Zika patient has tested negative for the disease, just two days after previous tests came back positive.

The 38-year-old woman was released from hospital on August 26 following tests carried out by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP).

According to a statement issued by the CHP, the patient had recently visited the IFC, Sai Kung, Wan Chai and her home in Tseung Kwan O. The management of each venue concerned has been informed and has been briefed on appropriate mosquito control measures and health advice

With many Hong Kong residents now returning from summer holidays overseas, the CHP has said that they cannot rule out the possibility of more cases being imported. The territory remains on 'Alert level' for the mosquito-borne virus, with Hong Kongers urged to be mindful of personal and environmental hygiene, and take adequate precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Concerns about Zika continue to grow in the region week after 41 cases were reported in Singapore on Sunday. It is believed that the patients all contracted the disease locally.

Zika virus, which can cause serious birth defects, is mainly transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, however sexual transmission of the disease is also possible.

Symptoms, which can be mild, include fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle or joint pain and general malaise.

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