Ten tested negative for Zika

Sep 6, 2016

Zika Virus

The results of blood and urine tests conducted on 10 people who had close contact with a Zika victim in Likas, Sabah found them negative of the virus, state health authority said today.

In a statement, state Health Department director Dr Christina Rundi said their blood and urine samples were taken on Saturday after a 61-year-old man was confirmed as the first locally transmitted case of Zika virus infection in the country.

The man died at 5.30pm the same day due to heart complications.

The state health department had inspected 280 of 775 premises within 400-meter radius from the deceased’s house.

“The rest of the houses were not checked as owners refused the inspection or no one was home,” Dr Christina said, pointing out that the health authority’s inspection for possible breeding sites at these premises was necessary to prevent further spread of the infection.

She said an ongoing health awareness campaign on Zika is being conducted around the area to educate the public on the issue.

She said it was important to note that dengue fever remained as one of the main health problems in the state, the same vector that also spread the Zika virus.

As of last Saturday, there were 2,516 dengue cases recorded in the state, which showed an increase of 685 cases compared to same period last year.

Seventeen outbreak localities have been identified including Pulau Bakungan Kecil in sandakan, Batu 5, Jalan Sook in Keningau, and latest was in Kg Bambangan here.

The first Zika case in the country was recorded after a 58-year-old woman from Klang, Selangor was infected with the virus after returning from Singapore on Aug 21.

She is currently hospitalised at Sungai Buloh Hospital and reported to be in stable condition.

Women Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Azizah Mohd Dun.
Women Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Azizah Mohd Dun.

Meanwhile, Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Azizah Mohd Dun wants the Zika virus threat to be handled collectively especially at community level.

She said the community could not pass on the responsibility of tackling the Zika virus purely to the government because health care and maintenance of the environment must be made the responsibility of every member of the community.

She said public awareness on the matter was crucial to ensure that the area where the community lived was free of mosquito breeding grounds by implementing community cleanliness programme – gotong royong, to clean the surrounding area

“Whatever disease that occurs in the country requires the involvement of the community and not that of the government and local authorities only because it is our responsibility to ensure that mosquitoes do not breed in the compound of our house,” said Azizah.

Regular and more community cleanliness programmes like gotong royong, will keep neighbourhoods free from mosquito breeding grounds..
Regular and more community cleanliness programmes, like gotong royong, will keep neighbourhoods free from mosquito breeding grounds.