Health Ministry confirms Klang woman is first Zika case in Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The first confirmed case of Zika in Malaysia involved a woman who had returned from Singapore with her husband on August 21, 2016 after a three-day. — MMO File pic

The first confirmed case of Zika in Malaysia involved a woman who had returned from Singapore with her husband on August 21, 2016 after a three-day. — MMO File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — Malaysia confirmed today the first case of the Zika virus infection in the country involving a Selangor woman who had visited Singapore.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the first confirmed case of Zika in the country involved the woman who had returned from Singapore with her husband on August 21 after a three-day visit to their adult daughter there.

“This patient is a 58 years-old woman residing in Bandar Botanic, Klang, Selangor and is the mother of a female confirmed with Zika infection in Singapore,” he said in a statement today, noting that the ministry received report of this first-ever case yesterday.

According to Subramaniam, the doctor at a private clinic had on August 30 diagnosed this patient as a “suspected case of Zika” after she sought medical attention for her rashes since August 28 — one of the symptoms of Zika.

The diagnosis was also due to her recent travel to Singapore and her daughter being confirmed as having Zika virus infection on August 30.

The woman tested positive for Zika virus based on the result yesterday of her urine test while her blood test result is still pending, he said. Read more