PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysia on Thursday confirmed its first case of Zika infection, as a 58-year-old woman who recently traveled to Singapore tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.
Health Minister Dr. Subramaniam Sathasivam delivered the news at a press conference in the city of Putrajaya, south of Kuala Lumpur, an epa journalist reports.
According to Sathasivam, the patient was diagnosed with Zika after visiting her daughter who works in Singapore on Aug. 19. Her daughter has also tested positive for the virus.
He added that the woman had experienced a rash and fever after her return from Singapore, and has been admitted to Malaysia's Sungei Buluh government hospital.
Malaysia is now on high-alert for the virus, with health officials warning the public to take precautionary measures to avoid contact with mosquitoes.
Singapore has recorded 115 locally-transmitted Zika cases, and on Wednesday night announced the first infection of a pregnant woman in the city-state.
With cases of the infection now confirmed in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, countries elsewhere in the region are seeking to prevent the spread of the virus.
In Indonesia's Banda Aceh province today, fumigation workers were seen spraying pesticides in a residential area suspected of being a breeding ground for the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The virus, which carries symptoms including fever, red eyes and joint pain, is believed to be particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it is thought to cause microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.