World Health Organization


Naifa Rizani

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Malaysia Position Paper

Topic Area 1 : The Rise of Zika Virus

In an interconnected world characterized by profound mobility, Zika has spread widely across central and southern America and more recently to other regions, including Asia and Africa. The virus that has been scientifically proven coming from the mosquito Aedes Aegypti viewed as global threat since the newly-found neurocerebral complication, spesifically Microcephly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. After the first outbreak in Brazil, Malaysia has signify the issue periodically as South-East Asian has known as one of the originally Aedes Aegypti mosquito breed area which is the vector of the Zika Virus. Development of Zika Virus is undeniably rapid. In December 2015, there were 56,318 suspected cases in 29 states in Brazil. As of 15 June 2016, 60 countries and territories have reported mosquito-borne transmission, of which 46 countries are experiencing the first outbreak since 2015.  After the latest WHO report, The Zika virus strain and its complications represent a new type of public health threat which requires a unique and integrated strategy that places support for women and girls of child-bearing age at its core. Malaysia realizes the high risk of the virus and its consequences to people in Latin America, including ours.

    Fortunately, there is no case has been found Zika in Malaysia. As our ministry's checks at health facilities, 288 samples were taken from patients whose blood tests were negative for dengue.  All the samples tested negative for Zika. Malaysians have been safe from the devastating Zika virus so far. But that does not mean the country’s citizens should not stay alert. With recent confirmed case of Zika Virus by neighboring Country, Singapore, our Ministry of Health has warned that preventive measurement should be taken to keep the Zika virus at bay.

With Malaysia being recognize as Country with documented presence of competent vector and ongoing confirmed case in neighboring countries, Malaysia has taken early preventive action. As we realize, Zika virus not only can be transmitted by the mosquito itself but also by person infected with it. Without early prevention, Malaysia is also at risk if its people visit the affected nations. Therefore, this preventive measurement should be enhance in two ways, from inside and outside. Cooperative preventive action with neighboring countries and enhancing monitoring at several immigration ...

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