00:14 GMT01 December 2020
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    A new case of the Zika virus disease has been confirmed in Russia, the chief of the local health and epidemic monitor Rospotrebnadzor said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Two more suspected Zika patients had tested negative for the virus, linked to neurological disorders, such as the Guillain-Barre Syndrome and microcephaly.

    "As of today, we have registered a third infected person in Moscow, who also traveled to the Dominican Republic. The case has been confirmed, so we have a total of three diagnosed cases across Russia," Rospotrebnadzor's Anna Popova said.

    Russia registered its first Zika case in February when a woman flew from the Dominican Republic into Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. The second case was confirmed in March in the city of Yaroslavl, some 155 miles northeast of Moscow.

    The virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito common in tropical areas of the Americas and affects brains of newborn babies. The outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015 and has since spread across Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. Cases have also been reported in several European countries and Asia.


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