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South Korea Confirms First Case of Zika Virus

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South Korean director of Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Jung Ki-Suck speaks to the media during a press briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

South Korean director of Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Jung Ki-Suck speaks to the media during a press briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

South Korea is reporting its first official case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The country's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday a 43-year-old man who recently traveled to Brazil tested positive for the virus.

Yonhap news agency says the man has been quarantined and treated at a hospital in Gwnangju, located more than 300 kilometers south of Seoul.

The Zika virus, which has been detected mainly in Latin America, is a generally mild, harmless infection. But it has been linked to over 4,000 of cases in Brazil of microcephaly in babies, a birth defect in which babies have unusually-small heads and brains.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the Zika virus as a global health emergency.

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