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The Latest: Zika not a threat in country where it discovered

The latest on the fight against the Zika virus that health officials suspect is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil. (All times local):

10:35 a.m.

Ugandan researchers say the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is not considered a threat in the African country where it was first discovered in a monkey in 1947.

Virologist Julius Lutwama with the Uganda Virus Research Institute said Wednesday there has never been a known outbreak in Uganda, though a few samples have tested positive over the years.

He says Zika is "not a very important disease" on a continent where malaria, also transmitted by mosquitoes, is the major killer.

Zika virus is named for a forest just outside Uganda's capital, Kampala, where it was first identified.

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8:40 a.m.

Danish hospital officials say a Danish tourist has been infected by the Zika virus after visiting southern and central America.

The Aarhus University Hospital says the patient ran a fever, had a headache and muscle aches and was discovered as having the virus on Tuesday.

There hospital released no further details about the patient but it says that there is little risk of it spreading in Denmark because the mosquito carrying the virus isn't found in the country.

Romit Jain from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm says there have been confirmed cases of imported Zika virus infections in Germany and Britain.