Zika fatality in Malaysia
MALAYSIA reported its first locally transmitted Zika case on September 3 – a 61-year-old man who has died of heart-related complications, the government said.
The patient was a resident of the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, the Ministry of Health said, and already was in fragile health due to heart problems, high blood pressure and other maladies.
But the case, coming two days after authorities reported the country’s first case of Zika, is likely to add to fears of a full-blown outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the tropical nation.
The ministry said local transmission was highly likely because the man had no recent history of travelling outside Malaysia.
On September 1, Malaysia reported its first Zika case – a 58-year-old woman who is believed to have contracted it on a visit to neighbouring Singapore. –