CORRECTS CDC IS INVESTIGATING WHETHER AEDES ALBOPICTUS SPREADS THE ZIKA VIRUS, NOT DEFINITIVE - This 2003 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes albopictus mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host. On Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, U.S. health officials are telling pregnant women to avoid travel to Latin America and Caribbean countries with outbreaks of a tropical illness linked to birth defects. The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites from Aedes aegypti and the CDC is investigating whether it is also spread by Aedes albopictus. The disease causes only a mild illness in most people. But there’s been mounting evidence linking the virus to a surge of a rare birth defect in Brazil. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Malaysia confirms first case of Zika infection in 58 year old woman

Malaysia confirmed on 1st September 2016 (Thursday) its first Zika infection in a woman who lately went to neighboring Singapore for 3 days to visit her daughter on Aug 19. Her daughter is among 5 Malaysians working in Singapore who are infected.

The victim, a financial consultant working in Kelana Jaya had showed signs of Zika symptoms such as rashes and fever one week after returning from Singapore. Her husband’s test results came out negative while their daughter is getting well in Singapore.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Subramaniam, claimed that the woman is currently getting well in Sungai Buloh Hospital and would be discharged within a day or two. Fogging around the victim’s neighborhood was increased, covering up to 400m radius as a countermeasure effort.

The Malaysian government also beef up check points between Malaysia and Singapore by ordering immigration authorities to use mosquito repellent to spray into vehicles.

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