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Posted : 2016-09-24 18:16
Updated : 2016-09-24 18:31

14th Zika virus infection confirmed in South Korea

South Korea has confirmed another case of the Zika virus infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus here to 14, health authorities said Saturday.

A 34-year-old man who recently made a trip to Thailand was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus on Friday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

He is presumed to have been bitten by a mosquito during his stay in the Southeast Asian nation from Sept. 8-16, the center said.

The man remains in stable condition and is currently receiving an additional test at a Seoul hospital.

Ten South Koreans infected with the virus have traveled to Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines and Vietnam while four others made a trip to Central and South American nations such as Brazil, the KCDC said.

The virus, first discovered in Africa, is almost non-life threatening but is linked to thousands of birth defects in newborn babies like abnormally small heads and improperly developed brains.

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