Bangladesh confirms first case of Zika virus


DHAKA: A Bangladeshi man who contracted a fever 19 months ago was infected with the Zika virus, the first confirmed case in the South Asian country, health authorities said Tuesday.

The Bangladesh Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research tested blood samples from 101 patients previously thought to have dengue or other viral fevers, to see if any had been infected with Zika.

It found one case in the samples, which dated back to 2014 — a 67-year-old from the southeastern city of Chittagong, who had not travelled abroad and was found to have the virus in his blood.

“He is the first known Zika virus-infected patient in Bangladesh. His condition is now fine,” Mahmudur Rahman, director of the Institute told AFP. The patient has been under close observation by government health experts, Parikshit Chowdhury, a spokesman for the health ministry said.

AFP