MoH issues travel advisory for Zika

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TRAVELLERS showing symptoms of the Zika virus after returning from Sabah and Sarawak are advised to seek medical attention, urged the Ministry of Health (MoH).

In its updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) section about the mosquito-borne disease, the ministry said individuals who recently returned from affected areas should visit their nearest health centre if they are experiencing fever, rash, and conjunctivitis.

“If you feel sick after your return from your trip, please consult with your doctor or health centre to find out if you need to be tested for the Zika virus,” said MoH.

However, those without signs of illness were also advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites for three weeks after returning from affected areas. This is to prevent infected mosquitoes from spreading the virus.

The latest advisory in the FAQs on MoH’s website came following concerns over a Zika case reported this month in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, which borders Brunei.

“The widening geographical spread of Zika virus in the region highlights the importance of continued vigilance against this threat. We call upon all stakeholders including the public to participate fully in the nation’s effort to prevent and control Zika virus,” said the ministry.

Although no cases have been reported in Brunei, the ministry said it will continue to monitor the situation and strengthen its capacity to prevent, detect and control the infection.

In a previous statement issued when Sabah registered its first Zika infection, MoH advised the public not to panic over the situation in the neighbouring country. The ministry reiterated that everyone must share a responsibility in preventing a Zika outbreak in Brunei.

“The most effective way of doing this is by eradication of mosquito breeding sites,” said MoH.

The Brunei Times