>> A jam packed urban center now on high alert for Zika. Hong Kong discovering its first case of the potentially deadly mosquito borne virus on Thursday night. Health authorities isolating a 38-year-old expatriate woman who had traveled to the Caribbean earlier this month.>> I'm Reuters' Tara Joseph in Hong Kong.
This is not the first Asian city to discover Zika. Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines have all reported possible transmissions. But Hong Kong is one of the most densely packed cities on the planet. Plus it's a gateway city to the most populous nation on Earth, China. And thanks to its hot, humid and subtropical climate, it is absolutely packed with mosquitoes.
>> The Center for Health Protection is urging the public to adopt what it calls strict anti-mosquito measures. Officials saying areas that the patient had visited will be heavily sprayed, including the financial district of Central. Zika is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and has been known to cause serious birth defects.
Particularly in Brazil, where the highest number of cases have been recorded. Those infected show flu-like symptoms like joint pain, red eyes, and possible mild rashes. Hong Kong is no stranger to viruses and knows it has to act swiftly to contain the problem. It's been at the heart of bird flu and swine flu pandemics in the past and was ground zero for the wide spread respiratory virus SARS, 13 years ago.
The government back then criticized for its handling of the outbreak.>>