General : No Aedes Mosquitoes Tested Zika Positive - Health Ministry

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 22 (Bernama) — Tests and monitoring of 122 mosquitoes caught in high-risk areas until yesterday (Sept 21) have yet to find an Aedes mosquito which tested positive for Zika, said Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health Ministry, he said, is committed in addressing the threat brought about the Zika and dengue infection in the country.

“The responsibility to eradicate this infection is that of all quarters to ensure there is no breeding ground for Aedes mosquito in their area. No Aedes, No Zika and Dengue,” he said in a statement today.

He said the number of Zika confirmed cases remained at six until yesterday.

From monitoring by the Health Ministry since June last year, he said there were 1,058 cases having symptoms of Zika, but all tested negative for the disease.

He said genomics testing by virology experts at the Virology Unit of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) on the Zika virus of five of the six cases which were positive found that it was from the ‘Asian lineage’.

The genome sequence of the Zika virus for the first case in Selangor and the third case, which involved a pregnant woman in Johor, resembles French Polynesia, like in Singapore, he added.

As for the genome sequence for the second case in Sabah and the fifth case from Miri, Sarawak, and the sixth, from Kuala Lumpur, involving siblings, he said, it resembled local genome sequence (Micronesia).