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Malaysia on high Zika alert

AAP logoAAP 8/09/2016

Malaysia is stepping up efforts to warn people of the risks of Zika after it confirmed its first case of a pregnant woman with the mosquito-borne virus.

The Ministry of Health has announced that a 27-year-old woman in the southern state of Johor, bordering Singapore, has become the third person to test positive for Zika in Malaysia.

A travel advisory poster on the Zika virus at Kuala Lumpur airport © Provided by AAP A travel advisory poster on the Zika virus at Kuala Lumpur airport

The patient is currently four months pregnant with her first child.

Malaysia last week reported its first case of Zika in a woman believed to have caught the virus in Singapore, and on Saturday announced its first suspected locally transmitted case, in a man in the eastern state of Sabah.

At Kuala Lumpur International Airport a large poster was put on display advising travellers of the risks of Zika in the country.

The advisory poster calls on tourists to take precautionary measures against mosquito bites, including using repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

It also called on visitors to avoid having unprotected sex for eight weeks after returning home.

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