Two sis­ters down with zika

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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

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