Danish man tests positive for Zika virus after Brazil trip

COPENHAGEN A Danish man who returned from a trip to Mexico and Brazil has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, but is expected to recover soon, health officials said.

The man in his mid-twenties suffered fever, headaches and muscle pain and was tested in the University Hospital in Denmark’s second biggest city Aarhus on Tuesday, Professor Lars Ostergaard said.

The doctor said he saw no risk of the disease spreading further in Denmark. “His condition is good, he is recovering and he will be released from the hospital soon,” Ostergaard told Reuters.

The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, a close cousin of dengue and chikungunya, which causes mild fever and rash.

An estimated 80 percent of people infected have no symptoms, making it difficult for pregnant women to know whether they have been infected.

Three Britons who traveled to South America have also been infected, health officials said last week.

Health experts say such cases are to be expected in Europe, given the scale of the outbreak in South America and the frequency of international travel.

But Zika is not expected to pose a threat in colder countries since they are not warm enough for the virus-carrying Aedes mosquito to breed.

(Reporting by Ole Mikkelsen, additional reporting by Teis Jensen and Ben Hirschler; Editing by Nick Macfie and Andrew Heavens)

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