Health DG confirms Zika case in Perak

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  • Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. – Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: A man in Perak has been infected with the Zika virus, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said that a test was conducted on the man and the results on Oct 13 came out positive.

"With the latest case recorded, the number of Zika virus cases in Malaysia is nine – eight in 2016 and one this year," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 15).

Dr Noor Hisham said the patient, a 30-year-old Malaysian, showed symptoms of being infected with the virus on Sept 26 when he suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea.

He was warded the next day and was transferred to the intensive care unit on Sept 29.

Dr Noor Hisham said the patient is still being warded and is in stable condition.

"Control measures have already been carried out by the district health department, including checks on places that are breeding ground for Aedes, larviciding, cleaning up high-risk areas as well as carrying out thermal sprays.

"We are monitoring the Zika virus situation nationwide at the crisis preparedness response centre," he said, adding that a Zika alert circular had also been issued to all states.

In 2016, eight cases of the Zika virus were confirmed while no cases were reported in 2017 and 2018.

The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito, the same mosquito that spreads dengue and Chikungunya.

Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint and muscle pain and conjunctivitis.

Dr Noor Hisham advised those with the symptoms to seek immediate treatment.

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