Zika fa­tal­ity in Malaysia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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