Pregnant woman infected by Zika virus in Malaysia

A pregnant woman has become Malaysia's third confirmed case of the Zika virus, the government said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old lives in Johor Baru bordering Singapore, which is experiencing a fast-moving outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus, Health Minister S Subramaniam said.

"The victim is three or four months pregnant and we are closely monitoring her condition as well as her unborn child," he told reporters in a press briefing at his office.

Babies born to mothers infected with the virus can suffer severe birth defects and neurological disorders.

The victim's husband, who works in Singapore, tested negative for the virus, Subramaniam added.

Malaysia's first confirmed case of Zika involved a 58-year-old woman who visited her daughter working in Singapore while the second case was a 61-year-old man who was believed to have contracted the virus locally.

The World Health Organization declared a public health emergency earlier this year. It says evidence of Zika transmission has been found in 69 countries and territories.

Last update: Wed, 07/09/2016 - 17:43

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