By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A pregnant woman from Kaohsiung and her husband were reportedly found to have contracted the Zika virus during a holiday in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, but a second battery of test results to be announced on June 4 was still necessary, the Kaohsiung City Government said Saturday.
The disease is spread by infected mosquitoes, and can cause babies of pregnant patients to be born with abnormally small heads. The virus reportedly originated in Brazil, but has spread to 60 countries, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Two previous cases of imported Zika virus in Taiwan were brought in by Thai citizens.
The woman from Kaohsiung’s Qianjin District, who is 24 weeks pregnant, traveled with her husband earlier this month and reentered the country through the southern city’s international airport on May 16. [FULL STORY]