In a follow-up to reports of locally acquired, or autochthonous transmission Zika virus infection in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health reported Friday of the seventh case in a 60-year-old woman.
The woman from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is the second case of Sabah state.
According to the health ministry, on Sep 24, the patient developed a rash and began treatment at a private hospital the next day as an outpatient. Zika infection was confirmed via tests on blood and urine done by the Medical Research Institute (IMR) on Sep 28.
Epidemiological investigation shows the patient had no recent travel history.
For the month of September, seven Zika virus cases have been confirmed. During the month, monitoring of 163 cases that had signs and symptoms of Zika infection, tested negative for the virus.
Health officials remind the public to immediately see their doctor if any of the following symptoms are exhibited: rash, conjunctivitis and other related Zika symptoms, or if there is a history of travel to a Zika endemic country.
In addition, it is imperative to protect yourself from mosquito bites using the appropriate repellent, wearing light colored clothing and covering exposed skin.