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Pregnant Miri Woman With Zika Virus Is In Stable Condition

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KUCHING – The pregnant woman in Miri who tested positive for Zika is doing well and in stable condition.

The 35-year-old woman, who was admitted to Miri Hospital on Sept 11, was not showing any further symptoms and did not need intensive care, Sarawak Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said.

He said all six family members living with her, including her husband, have no symptoms or signs of the infection.

Her blood specimen has been sent to the Institute for Medical Research for viral sequencing to determine the origin of the virus.

Dr Sim said the Miri health department carried out surveillance and vector control activities in the patient’s residential area immediately after being notified of the case.

He said the department screened 156 out of the 590 people living within a 200m radius of the patient’s house, none of whom showed signs or symptoms of the infection.

However, he said, 10 of the 61 premises inspected were found to have Aedes mosquitoes breeding.

“Ten out of the 224 containers found in the house compounds were examined and found to be positive for Aedes mosquito breeding.

“The containers were pails, flower pots and bases, discarded tyres, rubbish bins, discarded plastic mats and chicken feed containers,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Dr Sim said fogging was carried out at 118 premises while ultra low volume spraying was done at 190 premises on Sept 11.

He said control measures were continuing in the area, up to 400m from the patient’s house.

The public, he said, should not panic but must take action to prevent Aedes from breeding in their homes.

“The Aedes mosquito doesn’t just carry Zika, it also carries dengue and chikungunya.

“Everybody must be serious about fighting this mosquito.

“There’s no point in panicking. It’s time to do something about it and we can start by making sure there is no water collecting in our house compound,” he said.

He said the public should cooperate with the health department and local authorities by allowing their premises to be inspected and sprayed. – The Star Online

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