Selangor Journal
Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa delivers her speech during her official visit to Kuala Lumpur Hospital, on March 17, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

No Marburg virus disease detected in Malaysia so far — Minister

SEGAMAT, March 25 — No Marburg virus disease has been detected in the country so far, said Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa.

However, the Health Ministry (MOH) will continue to take preventive measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

She said control and surveillance, especially at the country’s international entry gates, will be intensified as they keep track of the development of the virus from time to time.

“Whenever there is any news about such a virus, we will carry out surveillance, especially on travellers from Africa.

“However, no cases of the virus have been detected in the country, so far,” Dr Zaliha told reporters after the Johor 2023 Ramadan Bazaar Walkabout at the Sekijang Ramadan Bazaar in Taman Utama, earlier today.

She advised Malaysians who have just returned from Africa to undergo tests at nearby hospitals and clinics, if they display symptoms of deteriorating health.

Earlier, Malawi’s MOH issued an alert on the Marburg virus disease, which has so far claimed five lives in Tanzania’s northwestern region of Kagera.

— Bernama

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