Malaysia confirms its 8th Zika virus case

FILE – In this May 23, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is sitting in a glass tube at the Fiocruz institute, where they are screening for mosquitoes naturally infected with the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Puerto Rico fear Zika stunt the growth of the tourism, the only industry that is starting to flourish, as the island teeters on financial collapse in the midst of a decade-long economic crisis.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)


KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia confirmed an eighth Zika virus case on Sunday, a 67-year-old man who first showed symptoms at the end of November.

An online overview of the Ministry of Health’s director general Noor Hisham Abdullah, does not specify if the man from the state of Selangor contracted the case locally or abroad.

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The statement said that during the Nov. 14-28, the man was in Kuala Lumpur in the Selangor city of Shah Alam and Perak state, north of Selangor.

“His family members were interviewed and their blood and urine samples were taken as soon as he (the patient) tested positive for Zika,” said Noor Hisham.

“Active detection is carried out in the patient’s residential area to detect whether neighboring residents symptoms of Zika.”

Malaysia confirmed its first Zika case in September, after a woman tested positive for the virus after a three-day visit to neighboring Singapore.

U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can lead to microcephaly, a congenital abnormality, characterized by small size of the head that can lead to serious developmental problems in babies.

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