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A 58 years old woman who came back with her husband on a visit to their daughter at Singapore for 3 days on 21st Aug16. She was confirmed yesterday through the urine test yesterday at Sungei Buluh Hospital. Her daughter in Spore was confirmed on 30th Aug 16.
In Singapore, there were 115 confirmed Zika cases and out of which 5 are Malaysian living in Singapore.
Here’s the tell sign of the symptoms of ZIKA Virus.
It is similar to dengue fever but mild symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days. The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days.
Follow this simple illustration on the Following:-
1. Mode of Transmission
2. Symptoms of Zika Virus
With the above understanding, you can play an active role. Don’t wait for the government to do it, we need to do individually. Don’t play-play and it is serious and deadly life sentence to our next generation.
-)Wear long sleeves shirt and pants
-)Sleep on mosquitoes net
-) Use Repellent always
-) Make sure there is no stagnant water in any containers and gutters.
This is really scary to have a baby who will looks like this all the day for his/her life. What a tragic!!!
Complications of Zika Virus Disease
Zika has mild effects on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children. Infection during pregnancy can result in babies with small heads — a condition called Microcephaly — and other defects.
This is the Main CULPRIT! Aedes Mosquitoes that spread both deadly dengue and Zika virus
Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes aegypti in tropical regions. Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day, peaking during early morning and late afternoon/evening. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Sexual transmission of Zika virus is also possible.
Prevention Is Better than Cure
Protection against mosquito bites is a key measure to prevent Zika virus infection. This can be done by wearing clothes (preferably light-coloured) that cover as much of the body as possible; using physical barriers such as window screens or closing doors and windows; sleeping under mosquito nets; and using insect repellent containing DEET or Essential oil.
Great Article by Dato Dr Amar Singh HSS
Senior Consultant Pediatrician.
Why we will Fail the Fight Against Zika (Pity our Children)
Posted on August 31, 2016 by
STILL ZIKA BABY
I hope the title has encouraged you to read this article. It is not meant to be pessimistic but a realistic look at our current situation. The opinions expressed here are personal and do not reflect those of the organisation I work with.
As we stand today as a nation, with our poor health behaviors, the Zika epidemic that is coming (if not already here) will hit us hard. The following realities or facts are the reason for my statement:
1. The Zika virus is spread mainly by infected Aedes mosquitoes and also by sexual transmission. Our nation is rich with Aedes mosquitoes.
2. The virus is new to us, we are not immune to it, there is no definitive drug to treat it and any vaccine will take a few years to be developed and tested.
3. Most importantly we have failed as a nation in our fight against Dengue, and the same mosquito vectors carry Zika.
Dengue may kill, but if you recover you become well again.
Zika will maim and cause significant disability, especially to unborn children. And as we are still not immune to it, large numbers have the potential to be infected. Imagine all our children that may become disabled as a result of this virus.
The numbers from countries struggling with the Zika virus are frightening, even to me as a medical consultant. Current evidence suggests that between 15-20% of infected pregnant mothers will have a baby with brain damage, especially in early pregnancy.
We may want to believe that we can prevent Zika from reaching Malaysia but that is a myth. The symptoms of Zika virus disease are very common (fever, rash, headache, red eyes, etc) and many people infected with Zika will have mild symptoms or no symptoms.
The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. This means getting rid of Aedes mosquitoes. The public will demand that the Ministry of Health (MOH) take action on this, like they have for Dengue. But Zika, like Dengue will not be controlled by the MOH alone, but only with the involvement of the people of this country, every person.
Vector borne diseases require us either to avoid the vector (preventing mosquitoe bites is not easy) or removing the vector (preventing mosquitoe breeding which is possible). But we are a dirty nation. We like to believe it is a minority that throw rubbish and the majority are civic minded. But the reality is that many Malaysians throw rubbish anywhere they like. A visit to recreational areas will show you how trashed we are. Our cities are rubbished, drains choked and even hospital compounds littered by visitors.
We have a small window of opportunity to prevent the wide spread of Zika virus in the nation.
Every single Malaysian needs to act today to prevent Zika transmission.
We need to aggressively, proactively and consistently keep our home compounds, our neighbourhoods and our cities clean. We must empower our authorities to take action against those who do not do so and endanger the health of our children. This includes construction sites, recreational areas, public amenities, etc.
Our politicians must not be allowed to interfere when compounds are issued for mosquitoes breeding at projects or development sites – governmental or private. Our city councils must really work, not claim to work. We must work as communities to change our recalcitrant neighbours.
Some will say it cannot be done but this is not true. Singapore has been able to reduce its Aedes household/premises index (percentage of facilities breeding Aedes) from 50% in the 1970s (i.e. every other house) to 0.2% in 2013.
When our children get disabled as a result of Zika, let’s not blame others but ourselves as a nation.
Zika and Dengue prevention are the responsibility of all Malaysians.
We will win this fight as a nation united or not at all.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Senior Consultant Paediatrician
” Malaysia 1st Zika Case:-Full Statement by The Minister Of Health:-http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/statement-ministry-health-malaysia-first-zika-case “