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One more Zika case detected

KUALA LUMPUR: Another Zika virus infection case has been detected in the country, involving a 67-year-old man from Petaling Jaya.

This brings the total number of reported Zika cases to eight so far.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry received the report on the case on Dec 14, which was detected through the Zika Virus Surveillance System.

The patient had fever, nausea and diarrhoea on Nov 28 and received treatment on Nov 30 at the Tanglin Health Clinic, here, but the blood test showed no significant difference.

"The patient returned to the clinic on Dec 1 because of body and joint aches but the dengue screening showed negative.

“The case was reported to the Petaling Health Office for suspected dengue and the patient was asked to return each day for a blood test.

“His blood samples were sent to the National Public Health Lab in Sungai Buloh for other flavivirus tests (for yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika) in line with the national flavivirus screening protocol,” he said in a statement, here yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said that the lab informed on a positive result for Zika on Dec 9 and the sample was sent to the Institute for Medical Research for confirmation.

The institute confirmed positive for Zika on Dec 14.

He said Zika control activities were carried out around the patient's residence and places he had visited, besides the blood while urine samples of his close family members were taken for screening.

“Checks were also conducted at the patient’s residential area to determine whether others have symptoms.”

He advised the public to ensure that the vicinity of their homes was always clean and free of Aedes mosquito-breeding grounds. Protective measures must be also taken against mosquito bites.

“Individuals with Zika symptoms like fever, rashes, headache, muscular ache and conjunctivitis, and having visited Zika-endemic countries or having come into contact with Zika patients should see the doctor immediately,” he added. — Bernama

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