Fearing Zika, tourist lodges police report over mosquitoes in hotel room


  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Sep 2016

An Aedes mosquito, a known vector for the Zika virus. - AFP

MALACCA: A Chinese tourist, apparently fearful of contracting Zika, has lodged a police report after seeing mosquitoes in his hotel room.

The 67-year-old tourist from Shanghai, China, who was holidaying here with his wife, claimed that he saw mosquitoes and other insects in his hotel room.

Fearful that they were at risk of being infected with the Zika virus, he then lodged a police report with the help of a local translator at the Banda Hilir station on Saturday.

A 32-year-old local tour guide, who wished to remain anonymous, said the tourist wanted to send a message to hoteliers so that they would not take the Zika threat lightly.

Malacca Health, Sport Development and Anti-Drugs deputy committee chairman Datuk Ng Choon Koon said hotels here should take measures to eliminate mosquitoes and other insects.

"The police report could be an eye-opener for us," he said, adding that making a report over such matter could appear bizarre to some.

Ng said the state had made relentless effort to control the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes and to prevent the spread of dengue and Zika in Malacca.

He said a total of 105,928 inspections and destruction of aedes breeding grounds had been carried out, with 339,313 fogging activities conducted state-wide this year.

Ng said 11 areas in the state had been found to be rampant with dengue, namely Taman Seri Selendang, Taman Melaka Baru Seksyen 3, Taman Bachang Utama, Kampung Padang Jambu, Desa Taming Sari Sungai Udang, Taman Peringgit Jaya, Pangsapuri Murni, Jalan Perawan, Taman Bukit Rambai, Kampung Jambatan Duyong, Kampung Banda Kaba and Taman Bemban in Jasin.

He added that a total of 1,684 dengue cases were recorded until Sept 12 this year, a 14.95% increase over the same period last year.

However, the number of fatalities was unchanged from the same period last year, with six deaths recorded.

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