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Chinese scientists decode gene sequence of imported Zika virus

Updated: 2016-02-22 22:56

Chinese scientists decode gene sequence of imported Zika virus

Workers fumigate a train car at a train depot in Seoul's Gangseo Ward, South Korea, Feb 17, 2016, as a precaution against the spread of the Zika virus (ZIKV). [Photo/IC]

BEIJING - Chinese scientists on Monday sequenced the genome of the country's first imported Zika virus, helping with prevention and diagnosis.

The success was achieved by scientists with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the provincial center in East China's Jiangxi province.

China confirmed the first imported Zika case on Feb 9. The patient, a 34-year-old man from Jiangxi, developed a fever, headache and dizziness on Jan 28 in Venezuela, before returning home on Feb. 5 via Hong Kong and Shenzhen. He has been discharged from hospital after a full recovery.

Monday's success has laid foundation for understanding the virus' variations as well as developing bacteria and reagents to diagnose the disease.

Chinese scientists decode gene sequence of imported Zika virus

A mosquito is seen in the Gorgas Memorial institute for Health Studies laboratory in Panama City, Feb 4, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

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