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Saturday, 30 January 2016 - 13:08
Malaysia vexed with Zika outbreak
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International Media reveals that Malaysian Health Ministry has warned that the country may be vulnerable to an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Deputy Director General of Health Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said in a statement that Zika is viewed as a serious threat because of its suspected links to microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with an abnormally small head.

As part of the ministry's checks at health facilities, 288 samples were taken from patients whose blood tests were negative for dengue while Malaysian media report that all the samples tested negative for Zika as well.

The ministry is advising all visitors from Central America and South America or citizens who have visited countries in the Americas to report themselves to the nearest quarantine or health offices upon their arrival in Malaysia.

It is also calling on the public to help control the spread of Aedes mosquitoes and dengue, a viral disease which affects thousands in the Southeast Asian nation every year. There is currently no treatment for Zika and a top US health chief warned on Thursday that the hunt for a vaccine could take years.

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