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CHP closely monitors first local case of Zika Virus Infection in Malaysia

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (September 4) closely monitoring the first local case of Zika Virus Infection in Malaysia, and urged the public to adopt strict anti-mosquito measures and safe sex during travel. Pregnant women and those planning pregnancy should not travel to affected areas.

     According to the Ministry of Health Malaysia, the male patient aged 61, who lives in Sabah, Malaysia, had no recent travel history and was likely a local case of Zika Virus Infection. The man passed away last night (September 3) due to other illness.
     "In view of emerging local Zika cases in Singapore, increase in affected areas and the confirmation of the first imported case in Hong Kong recently, due to a high volume of our international travel, there is a high risk of the introduction of Zika virus to Hong Kong. All sectors should step up efforts on mosquito control and members of the public should use insect repellents to protect themselves, their families and the community, " a spokesman for the CHP said.
     The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government issued an Amber Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) on Singapore on September 2 to remind the public to monitor the situation of the Zika virus outbreak in Singapore and exercise caution.

     "We will continue to maintain close liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as overseas, neighbouring and Mainland health authorities to closely monitor the latest developments," the spokesman said.

     To prevent Zika Virus Infection, in addition to general anti-mosquito measures, the DH draws the public's attention to the special notes below:

A. Travelling abroad

  1. Abstain from sex with pregnant partners, or else use condoms throughout the pregnancy; and
  2. Use condoms for at least six months if female partners may get pregnant.

     The public may visit the following pages for more disease information and health advice: the Zika Page of the CHP and the DH's Travel Health Service, the Outbound Travel Alert page of the Security Bureau, anti-mosquito precautions for women, and the WHO Zika virus situation reports.

Ends/Sunday, September 4, 2016 
Issued at HKT 10:06