China's health authority has warned about the spread of theZika virus as the weather warms up in mosquito-prone parts of the country.
State news agency Xinhua reported that National Health and Family Planning Commission spokesperson Xiong Huang told a press conference on Wednesday that China had confirmed five imported cases of the virus since its first case on February 9.
Zika has been blamed for a big spike in babies born in Latin America with microcephaly, a birth defect that causes the babies to have unusually small heads and is associated with developmental problems, after their mothers caught the virus while pregnant. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the outbreak an international health emergency.
The virus has no vaccine or treatment, and in about 80 percent of people causes no symptoms.