Malaysia confirms first case of Zika Virus in pregnant woman

Malaysia has confirmed its first case of Zika virus infection in a 27-year-old pregnant woman.

Malaysian Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam, on Wednesday at a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia’s administrative capital, said that the woman lives in the southern city of Johor Bahru, near Singapore, which has already recorded 275 cases of Zika infection.

Subramaniam said, “So, today we have another case of Zika, from Johor Bahru, in Taman Desa Harmoni, a 27-year-old Chinese female, who unfortunately is also pregnant. And now she has been tested positive. Husband works in Singapore. She’s now under the care of doctors in the hospitals in Johor Bahru, where she will undergo the various tests which are expected to be done on a pregnant woman who is positive.”

The Malaysian minister added that a wide area around the pennant’s home has been inspected and fogged with mosquito-killing chemicals.

It was not yet clear whether she had contracted the virus locally or from her husband. Her husband had also showed symptoms of Zika and was undergoing tests.

“It’s still unclear whether the woman contracted the disease from her husband or whether it was locally transmitted,” the minister said.

Last week, Malaysia confirmed the first imported case of Zika in a 58-year-old woman who had visited Singapore. On September 3, it confirmed the first case of a locally transmitted Zika infection.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the minister said Malaysia was expecting to experience more cases in Johor Bahru because of its closeness to Singapore. Nearly 200,000 Malaysians commute daily from Johor to Singapore.

“We have to presume that there will be more cases particularly in Johor Bahru because of the close proximity to Singapore, and there is some new cases emerging from time to time. And the only way to avoid increasing in numbers of cases is by self-protection and in the control of breeding sites of Aedes mosquito,” the minister said.

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