New zika cases


PE­TAL­ING JAYA: There have been no no new zika cases re­ported na­tion­wide.

Health di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah said yes­ter­day the num­ber of cases re­main at six be­tween Sept 1 and 21.

He said al­though there were 1,058 sus­pected cases, all were found nega­tive.

Noor Hisham said based on the Vi­rol­ogy Unit of the Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute, five out of the six pos­i­tive cases showed the zika virus was from the Asian strain.

He said the first case in Se­lan­gor in­volv­ing a 58year-old woman and the third case in Jo­hor in­volv­ing a preg­nant woman were the type in French Poly­ne­sia, sim­i­lar to the cases in Sin­ga­pore.

He said the sec­ond case in Sabah and the fifth and sixth case in­volv­ing two sis­ters, were like the virus in Mi­crone­sia.

Noor Hisham also said the min­istry’s re­search on mos­qui­toes from high risk ar­eas as of Sept 21 showed no aedes mos­quito was found to be car­ry­ing the zika virus.

Malaysia has stepped up screen­ing of trav­ellers from abroad, par­tic­u­larly Sin­ga­pore, be­sides car­ry­ing out fog­ging ac­tiv­i­ties in high- risk ar­eas.

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