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.