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Man in Malaysia's first local case of  Zika transmission dies from heart complications, Hong Kong issues travel warning for Singapore
 

Man in Malaysia's first local case of Zika transmission dies from heart complications, Hong Kong issues travel warning for Singapore

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Amidst the Zika pandemonium, a Malaysian man infected with the virus has died from heart complications while Hong Kong has issued an amber travel warning alert to those travelling to Singapore.
 
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6 Sep 2016 - General
 
With the widespread of Zika and Aedes mosquito still breeding and going on, I hope the government will continue their efforts of eliminating Aedes breeding sites, larviciding and fogging at residential areas. but how about the forested areas? Are they covering it as well? As now is the rainy season in Singapore and Malaysia, a lot of puddles can be found alongside of main roads and the forested area along the main roads. although not much passer-by walks there but there is still potential of bre...
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We can't completely ignore the fact that Zika contributed to the death of this patient. He may have been having severe heart disease, but I believe the acute zika viral infection also was contributory. During a viral or bacterial infection, since there's widespread immune activation, the basal metabolic rate and oxygen demand by tissues increase. It is like the body is preparing for an stressful situation. So with increased tissue oxygen demand, the heart has to do more work so when ther...
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It is indeed sad news that there is the first Zika virus involvement in a case mortality in Malaysia, although the Zika Virus was not the direct cause of death. The cause of the mortality may likely not due to Zika Virus, instead likely secondary to the underlying heart disease complication. However, we are still awaiting the thorough investigation. With the wide availability of the vector Aedes mosquitos, Zika virus is easily spread among the community in Malaysia. The control of the activities...
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2 important things to note from this article: firstly, that the patient is not expected to have died due to the Zika virus as Zika infection has weak symptoms, but further investigations are pending. Secondly, that the Zika virus in Singapore has been found to be a specific Asian strain, independent of the strain found in Brazil.

While questions remain about how the Zika virus developed or evolved independently in Asia, this also raises doubts about the effect of Zika infection in Asia...
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