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School Zika countermeasures only on Health Ministry's instruction

by September 1, 2016 General
A file picture of a fogging exercise being carried out. - EPA

A file picture of a fogging exercise being carried out. – EPA

PETALING JAYA: There is no directive from the Education Ministry stating that students who have visited Singapore need to obtain an all-clear from a doctor before returning to school.

A ministry official told The Star that they would only issue a directive on the Zika infection if there are instructions from the Health Ministry.

This was in response to a claim that a primary school in Subang Jaya has requested its students to get a letter from a doctor confirming that they are free from the infection before they can return to school.

Malaysia recorded its first case of Zika infection after a 58-year-old woman in Bandar Botanic, Klang was suspected to have been infected on Wednesday while visiting her daughter in Singapore.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said information obtained from Singapore’s ministry of health revealed that there are five Malaysians residing and working in Singapore that have been confirmed to be infected with the virus.