Thursday 29 September 2016

Zika virus infects 41 in Singapore through local transmissions

Published 28/08/2016 | 12:56

Singapore announced its first Zika infection in May with the virus imported by a 48-year-old man
Singapore announced its first Zika infection in May with the virus imported by a 48-year-old man

More than 40 people have been infected by the Zika virus in Singapore, but most have fully recovered.

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The Ministry of Health confirmed that there have been 41 locally transmitted cases.

Singapore announced its first Zika infection in May, with the virus imported by a 48-year-old man who had travelled to Brazil.

The ministry said the patients were "not known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, so are likely to have been infected in Singapore.

"This confirms that local transmission of Zika virus infection has taken place."

Thirty-four people in the group have recovered while seven remain at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The ministry named two residential districts of Singapore where the disease was transmitted and said the bulk of people infected were foreign construction workers.

The virus was mostly detected through tests on Saturday.

A 47-year-old Malaysian woman, who was identified by authorities as the first locally transmitted case, is among those still in hospital.

Zika has mild effects on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children.

Infection during pregnancy can result in babies with small heads - a condition called microcephaly - and other brain defects.

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