Malaysians on alert after first reported Zika case in Singapore

FOLLOWING reports of Singapore’s first imported case of the Zika virus on Friday, Malaysia’s Health Ministry has advised its citizens who work in the island republic to take precautions.

Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians commute to their jobs in Singapore on a daily basis, raising concerns of the virus finding its way across the causeway.Ae-aegypt-940x580

Malaysian Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam advised those who regularly travel into Singapore to take preventive measures, such as wearing long sleeves and applying mosquito repellent to avoid bites.

“While it would take two to three weeks for the Singapore authorities to establish where the patient contracted the disease, there’s nothing wrong with early preventive measures,” he told reporters on Sunday, reported The Star.

Subramaniam also said that the Public Health Department in Johor Bahru, the Malaysian city closest to Singapore, has been instructed to step up efforts against the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, which is a known carrier of dengue and Zika viruses.