Zika virus decoded by scientists in China!

China confirmed its first case of imported Zika virus on February 9 this year.

Updated: Mar 02, 2016, 17:35 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Beijing: Chinese scientists claimed to have successfully decoded the gene sequence of imported Zika virus.

The success was achieved by scientists with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the provincial center in east China's Jiangxi Province.

The successful gene decoding could help with prevention and diagnosis of the mosquito-borne disease that has triggered a global health emergency.

China confirmed its first case of imported Zika virus on February 9 this year after a 34-year-old man from Jiangxi, who visited Venezuela in January, showed symptoms of the deadly virus.

As per reports, China has reported 10 cases of Zika so far.

Zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries dengue fever and yellow fever. The virus has been reported in at least 34 countries, many of them in Central and Latin America.