Singapore reports first locally transmitted Zika Virus case

Aug 29, 2016, 02:23
Singapore reports first locally transmitted Zika Virus case

Singapore reported 40 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections on Sunday, majority foreign workers at a construction site.

Most of those infected are foreign construction workers, none of whom recently traveled to areas affected by the virus, so authorities say all those infected must have contracted it from within the country.

On Saturday, the authorities announced that a 47-year-old Malaysian woman was the first reported case involving local transmission of the virus.

Three suspected Zika cases were also reported among those who live and work in the same area.

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According to the statement, 34 have fully recovered, while the other seven, who still have symptoms and are potentially infectious, are now recovering at a hospital. Infection during pregnancy can result in babies with small heads a condition called microcephaly and other brain defects.

In the United States more than 2,500 people have been diagnosed with Zika, a lot of them infected while traveling overseas.

The current strain of Zika that is sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean originated in Asia, where people couldhave built up greater immunity.

Mr Noor Hisham also urged both government and private health facilities to report symptoms of Zika infection to the ministry as soon as possible.

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In a statement, the country's health ministry said it can't rule out the possibility of "further community transmission". As she was assessed to have been infected in Singapore, NEA was notified and they commenced vector control (anti-mosquito breeding) operations.

All of the cases are believed to be in the same locality in the south-east of the country. "I encourage those who are unwell and with these symptoms to visit their doctors for medical attention", said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

According to MOH, Zika is a generally a "mild" illness, with 4 in 5 not showing symptoms. This news story is related to Latest/145960-Singapore-confirms-41-cases-of-locally-transmitted-Zika-virus/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.

Zika is spread by the Aedes mosquito, which also spreads dengue. "This concerns me because maybe ina couple of years I want to have another (child)".

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