First Zika case in Malaysia found in woman who had been in Singapore

Aedes aegypti mosquito

Malaysia’s first case of Zika virus has been diagnosed in a woman who had travelled to Singapore.

The 58-year-old tested positive for Zika in her urine after she developed a rash a week after her return from Singapore, Malaysia’s health ministry said.

Her daughter in Singapore also tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease.

The ministry said the virus was believed to be imported from Singapore as the woman started experiencing symptoms on the same day as her daughter.

It has mild effects on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children. Infection during pregnancy can result in babies with small heads – a condition called microcephaly – and other brain defects.

Singapore says more than 40 people have been infected by the virus.

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