KUALA LUMPUR: On Thursday, reported that first suspected case of Zika, in Malaysia a women 58 year old, believed to have contracted it in neighboring Singapore where more than 100 cases have been confirmed.
The Malaysian woman had made long trip in late August to meet her daughter who lives in Singapore and has already been confirmed as having the Zika virus, Malaysia’s health ministry said in a statement.
After returning to her home near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, she fell ill and diagnosed with “suspected” zika, based on a urine test while full confirmation through blood test is left.
“The source of infection is alleged to have occurred in Singapore,” the statement said.
The Zika virus spread through Aedes mosquito, has been detected in 67 countries and territories badly affected to Brazil, initially causes only mild symptoms for most people, such as fever and a rash.
But pregnant women, who affected with Zika, give birth to babies with microcephaly, a deformation marked by abnormally small brains and heads.
Tropical Malaysia, which is already struggling hard to control Zika virus spread, it has stimulating the last weekend visit, reported.
Updates given on Wednesday by Singapore authorities said the number of infections there had risen to 115.
Malaysia’s health ministry said five other Malaysians who live and work in Singapore were among the city-state’s cases.
Malaysian Ministry said, it was increasing monitoring at border point and ramping up mosquito-control measures across the country, such as fogging with pesticides.
The Ministry also called to all Malaysians to do support to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites like standing water and to seek early medical attention if they found Zika symptoms, especially if they have visited epidemic areas such as Singapore.
“From the first reported case of Zika, we can conclude that it is rather easy to get infected by the virus when visiting places that shave an epidemic, including Singapore,” it said.