Two sisters down with zika
KUALA LUMPUR: Two new zika virus infection cases were detected involving two sisters in Miri, Sarawak and Setapak here. This raises the total number of Zika cases to six so far.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the fifth zika case involved a 35-year-old woman in Miri, who used to work in Singapore and is now two months pregnant.
The last time the woman visited Singapore was between July 24 and 29, he said in a statement here yesterday.
Subramaniam said the woman was taken to a private clinic in Miri on Sept 6 after suffering from a prolonged fever, flu and sore throat.
“The zika virus test results, based on samples sent to a private laboratory in Kuala Lumpur and to the Institute of Medical Research showed positive,” he said.
Subramaniam said the woman in the Sarawak case was admitted to a hospital in Miri on Sunday for further examination.
However, all six family members of the patient who lived in the same house did not show any symptoms or signs of zika infection, he added.
However, her 39-year-old sister, who lives in Setapak, was hospitalised in Kuala Lumpur on the same day (Sunday).
Subramaniam said the elder sister had shown symptoms of zika and had visited her sister in Miri on Aug 26, before leaving for Kuala Lumpur on Sept 6. – Bernama