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South Korea registers 1st case of Zika virus

/ 10:18 AM March 22, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported the country’s first case of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to birth defects and other health issues.

The state-run Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says that a 43-year-old man was diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday after suffering fever, muscle pain and rash.

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A statement from the center says the man returned to South Korean on March 11 after 22 days in Brazil.

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The World Health Organization last month declared the explosive spread of Zika in the Americas to be a global emergency, due to its link to the spike in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads and the rise in a rare neurological syndrome that can cause paralysis and death.

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