Brunei remains free from Zika virus
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI is still free from the Zika virus, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said yesterday in response to the recent first imported Zika virus case in Singapore.
The Zika virus is an infection that is caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can be found in tropical countries.
Although medical researches have shown that majority of Zika cases did not show any signs or symptoms, a small number of infected patients has exhibited symptoms such as fever, headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, conjunctivitis and rashes. The virus is also believed to cause neurological effects and microcephaly, a brain development disorder among newborn infants.
There is currently no cure or vaccine for the Zika virus, and treatment is more focused on relieving the symptoms of the infection, when necessary.
According to the statement, the Zika virus can be spread from a person infected with the virus to a healthy person through the bite of an Aedes mosquito.
Aedes mosquitoes are found to be present in Brunei through entomology monitoring and tend to breed in containers of water such as empty tins, bases of flower vases, exposed tyres and abandoned rubbish. The mosquitoes were also found to breed exponentially during the rainy season and are active during early mornings and late afternoons.
Members of the public, especially pregnant women who will be visiting Zika-infected countries, are advised to follow the guidelines listed in the infographic
Likewise, members of the public who have recently returned from Zika-infected countries, particularly South America and the Carribean, are advised to monitor their health for at least 14 days.
If anyone exhibits any of the mentioned symptoms, they are urged to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest health centre.
The MoH said it will continue to monitor the Zika virus, working with the World Health Organisation to implement necessary measures once the situation warrants.
Anyone who would like to know more about Zika virus or any diseases caused by mosquitoes can visit the MoH website at www.moh.gov.bn or contact the Darussalam hotline at 123.
The Brunei Times