Consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in Russia. The woman infected returned to Moscow from a holiday in the Dominican Republic, and was admitted to hospital after she spiked a fever and displayed a rash. “Thanks to strengthened preventive measures against the Zika virus on Russian territory, and to the readiness of medical institutions to diagnose and assist patients, the infected woman was immediately hospitalized with the recommendation to screen for Zika fever.

A lab test using a domestic diagnosis kit showed the presence of the Zika virus in the patient’s biological fluids,” reads the agency’s statement. The woman, whose name hasn’t been revealed, started feeling worse after several days in Moscow. She had a rash and was running a temperature, some of the common symptoms that occur in Zika patients. READ MORE