South Korea Confirms 17th Zika Virus Infection

Seoul, South Korea has confirmed another case of the Zika virus infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus there to 17, health authorities said Friday, according to Yonhap news agency.

A 20-year-old Korean woman was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus after visiting the Philippines, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Thirteen South Koreans infected with the virus contracted the virus while traveling to Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines and Vietnam, while four others made a trip to Central and South American nations, including Brazil, the KCDC said.

The virus, first discovered in Africa, is not life-threatening but may be linked to thousands of birth defects in newborn babies like abnormally small heads and improperly developed brains.

Source: Qatar News Agency