All 393 Blood Tests Show Up Negative For Zika



KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 – All the 393 samples of blood tested so far for the Zika virus showed negative results, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The samples, taken from dengue patients between June 2015 and Feb 10, 2016, were tested by the National Public Health Laboratory and the Institute for Medical Research, he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said so far, all the tests (for NS 1) showed up negative. He said this in a statement here today. He said there was no vaccine or specific medication for Zika virus infection. He also said that the Health Ministry had taken proactive measures to stop the spread of the Zika virus to the country, including by imposing tight control at the international gateways.

He said the visitors from Zika-infected countries will be issued the Health Alert Card and advised on what measures to take if them developed symptoms associated with the Zika virus. Dr Noor Hisham advised the people to ensure cleanliness in the houses and surrounding areas, destroy all Aedes breeding places, wear long-sleeve shirts or blouses and long pants and use mosquito repellent.

He said the people should immediately seek medical attention if they suffered from symptoms such as fever, body aches, rashes and conjunctivitis within seven days of returning from the 33 Zika-infected countries. The Zika virus infection is widespread in several countries, particularly in the American region, and has sparked fear in the majority of the world population.

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