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Malaysia’s first Zika case confirmed in woman who visited Singapore

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Malaysia today (1 Sep) confirmed its first Zika case. The patient is a 58-year old woman from Klang on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. She was infected with the virus after she visited Singapore on 19 Aug to care for her daughter who herself is a Zika patient. The woman returned to Malaysia three days later and on 28 Aug began developing rashes. She was tested and was confirmed positive for the virus on 30 Aug.

“The source of infection is suspected to occur in Singapore, since the patient started experiencing signs of Zika on the same day with her daughter in Singapore,” said Malaysia’s Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam.

“The patient’s husband and family members who lived in the same house with her have yet to show any symptoms of Zika infection,” he added.

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