Monday 26 September 2016

First Zika case in Malaysia found in woman who had been in Singapore

Published 01/09/2016 | 06:01

Zika has mild effects on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children
Zika has mild effects on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children

Malaysia's first case of Zika virus has been diagnosed in a woman who had travelled to Singapore.

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The 58-year-old tested positive for Zika in her urine after she developed a rash a week after her return from Singapore, Malaysia's health ministry said.

Her daughter in Singapore also tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease.

The ministry said the virus was believed to be imported from Singapore as the woman started experiencing symptoms on the same day as her daughter.

Zika has mild effects on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children. Infection during pregnancy can result in babies with small heads - a condition called microcephaly - and other brain defects.

Singapore says more than 40 people have been infected by the virus.

Indonesia is now screening travellers from Singapore for Zika virus.

H ealth ministry spokesman Oscar Primadi said that health officials are recommending the foreign ministry issue an advisory against travel to Singapore, particularly for pregnant women.

He said thermal imaging equipment to detect abnormal body temperatures was installed at eight Indonesian ports with routes serving Singapore, including the capital Jakarta's airport.

Travellers will also be given a health questionnaire so they will recognise symptoms and know to immediately report to health authorities, he added.

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