Recovered Zika-infected couple discharged from Johor hospital

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  • Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016

JOHOR BARU: The husband-and-wife couple who tested positive for Zika disease has been discharged from the hospital.

Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat (pic), who confirmed the matter, said the couple's health had improved before the medical team allowed their discharge last week.

He added that blood and urine tests showed that they did not have Zika virus strains in their system.

Meanwhile, state health department vector borne disease control unit head Dr Roslinda A Rahman said they would continue to observe the couple after their discharge.

"As the woman is pregnant, it is still to early to know whether the unborn child has been affected by the Zika virus.

"We have advised them to conduct ultrasound medical checkups on their child weekly," added Dr Roslinda.

It was previously reported that the couple, who resides in Taman Desa Harmoni here, had tested positive for the Zika virus.

The wife, who works as a lecturer at a private college here, tested positive for the virus and had contracted the disease through sexual intercourse with her husband who works as a chef in Singapore.

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