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Prague, March 3 (CTK) – A third case of the Zika virus has been registered in the Czech Republic, in a 38-year-old Czech female tourist who recently returned from the Dominican Republic, Tn.cz server reported on Thursday.

The virus has been linked to the birth of children with underdeveloped brain in Latin America.

“The woman is not pregnant,” Health Ministry spokeswoman Dana Salamounova told the server.

Doctors say the woman’s condition is good.

Zika causes a disease with symptoms similar to flu. There is no medicine against Zika.

The Czech tourist returned from her holiday in the Caribbean a month ago. She was treated in the infection ward of Prague’s Na Bulovce hospital and released to home care.

The disease is spread by mosquitos. Between people, it seems to be transferred from pregnant women to the foetuses and maybe also by sexual intercourse.

Experts say the patients need not be isolated.

The ministry announced the first two cases of Zika in the Czech Republic on February 25. The patients were a man and a woman who had returned from separate holidays in the risky areas two weeks before.

The man stayed in the Martinique and the woman in the Dominican Republic. They suffered from rash and troubles similar to flu. They underwent out-patient treatment.

The Czech cabinet previously decided not to take any special measures over the occurrence of Zika, because the virus cannot be spread by air.

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