Malaysia reports first locally transmitted Zika infection

Malaysia has recorded its first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus, health officials said Saturday.

The victim is a 61-year-old man in the eastern state of Sabah in Borneo. He had not recently travelled abroad, Health Ministry Director General Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

"It was found that this Zika infection is most likely from a local source," he said in a statement. "The patient was probably bitten by an Aedes mosquito infected with the virus."

Noor Hisham said the patient developed a fever on August 27 and sought medical attention on August 30. The man has also experienced muscle pain and diarrhoea.

The Health Ministry reported Thursday the country's first case of Zika, involving a 58-year-old woman who had been to Singapore a few days earlier to visit her daughter, who also contracted the virus.

Last update: Sat, 03/09/2016 - 11:38

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