Two additional imported Zika virus cases were reported in recent days in China–one in Guangdong Province and one in Beijing, bringing the country total to 18.

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The Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province reports a 37-year-old man who lives in Venezuela. He arrived in Mainland China through the international airport in Xiamen, Fujian on April 28.

The patient developed sore throat and low grade fever on May 8, and skin rash and high fever on May 12. He subsequently sought medical consultation locally. He is now hospitalized for isolation and management and is in stable condition.

This brings the total imported Zika cases in the province to 12.

In addition, the first imported case of Zika virus infection in Beijing was reported today. The patient, a 29-year-old female from eastern Shandong Province, developed a skin rash and a fever in Venezuela on May 11 and returned to China on May 13.

She was tested positive for the virus on Sunday and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.