By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a confirmed Zika virus in a patient from Perak state. This is the first case reported in the country since 2016.

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According to officials, the 30-year-old man presented with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea on Sep. 26 and was admitted to the hospital the next day. The patient is in stable condition.

Testing performed by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) confirmed Zika virus this week.

Control measures have been implemented by the District Health Office with the Aedes Breeding Inspection activities, Larvasiding to kill the larvae, and issuing a notice to clean up the breeding grounds.

In 2016, eight cases of Zika were confirmed in Malaysia. In 2017 and 2018, there were no confirmed Zika cases in Malaysia.

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Zika virus is caused by the Zika virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which is the same mosquito that spreads Dengue and Chikungunya fever. Zika-infected patients will have rash with two or more other symptoms such as fever, body aches, joint pain, swollen joints or red eyes.

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