KOTA KINABALU, Sept 4 – The Sabah Health Department will among others, conduct health screening and vector control at all international entry points in an effort to prevent and control the spread of Zika virus to the state, said its director Dr Christina Rundi.
She said the department would also step up monitoring of clinics and hospitals for cases showing signs of Zika infection with travel history to Zika-affected countries.In addition, she said monitoring for cases of microcephaly will also be enhanced at every hospital including issuing health alerts at all government and private health facilities.
Dr Christina added that the department had also advised all visitors coming from Zika-affected countries as well as Malaysians returning from these countries to report to the Health Quarantine Centre or Health Office if they were down with fever and rashes when they arrived in Sabah.
She said they also distribute health advisory pamphlets to tourists and Sabahans on measures to be taken if they experience such symptoms. She said the department also advised pregnant women to refrain from visiting affected countries. She added that the Health Department had also reminded Sabahans travelling to the affected countries to take preventive measures by wearing proper clothings and applying insect repellant regularly.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed the first Zika virus case in Malaysia when a woman from Klang tested positive for the virus after returning from Singapore on Aug 21. Yesterday, MOH confirmed receiving report of the first locally transmitted Zika virus case in Malaysia yesterday involving a 61-year-old local man living in Taman Public Jaya, Likas here, thus becoming the second case of Zika reported in the country. — Bernama