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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4, 2015:

The Zika virus has not been detected in Malaysia after the Health Ministry tested 236 samples in the country. In a Press statement issued today, Health director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the National Public Health Laboratory (MKAK) and the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) had carried out tests on 222 and 14 samples respectively, on those coming up negative for dengue. “None of those samples tested positive for Zika virus. “MKAK and IMR will continue to monitor cases of Zika virus,” he added. The response came after numerous reports emerged on the spread of Zika virus in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Paraguay. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) website, Zika virus is spread to humans via Aedes mosquitoes. Among some of the symptoms are mild fever, muscle pain, joint pain, headache and conjunctivitis. Currently, there is no cure for Zika fever and the treatment focuses largely on relieving the symptoms. Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham urged the public to seek medical treatment in clinics or hospitals if they developed any of those symptoms. “As a precautionary measure, the ministry urges the public to destroy any Aedes breeding grounds. Besides that, the public is also encouraged to use mosquito repellents and wear long sleeve shirts and pants,” he added.

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