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Monday, September 5, 2016

No new Zika case

KOTA KINABALU - No new case of Zika infection has been reported in Sabah since the death of a 61-year-old man who was the first locally transmitted case of the virus in the country.

State health director Dr Christina Rundi told The Borneo Post yesterday that no new Zika case had been reported as of 6pm yesterday.

The first Zika patient from Taman Public Jaya, Likas, died on Saturday after being admitted to the Luyang Health Clinic on August 27 and later to Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 for worsening fever, muscle aches and diarrhea.

The patient also had other co-morbidities such as underlying heart condition, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, kidney stones and gout.

Meanwhile,  Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) president Datuk Michael Lui Yen Sang urged the public not to panic and to take preventive measures to stop the spread of the Zika virus.

Lui said the public should cooperate and work with the relevant government departments in their effort to prevent Zika virus infections.

“Community associations and the public should take part when the relevant authorities carry out major gotong-royong activities to ensure our neighbourhoods are clean.”

For a start, he hoped that the people would make sure their homes are clean and without stagnant water that could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

“Spring-cleaning your homes can reduce the risk of Zika virus infection,” he said, adding that everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of Zika.

Lui added that he would issue a circular to the chairman of Board of Directors and headmasters of the eight schools under the management of KKCCCI to implement and reinforce preventive measures, as well as carry out gotong-royong in schools to ensure cleanliness in the compounds.

In addition, Lui said he would instruct the schools to educate students about the virus to enhance their awareness of Zika.

At the same time, he called on the schools to be more aware of the students’ health.

“Students who are found to be experiencing fever, rash, red eyes and other related symptoms must be sent to the nearest hospital for inspection.”

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