Zika out­break in Sin­ga­pore

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SIN­GA­PORE re­ported 40 more cases of lo­cally trans­mit­ted Zika virus in­fec­tions yes­ter­day, most of them for­eign work­ers at a con­struc­tion site.

The gov­ern­ment had on Au­gust 27 an­nounced its first case, that of a 47-year-old Malaysian woman re­sid­ing in the city state.

All 41 are res­i­dents or work­ers in a sub­ur­ban dis­trict, the Min­istry of Health and the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Agency said.

“They are not known to have trav­elled to Zika-af­fected ar­eas re­cently, and are thus likely to have been in­fected in Sin­ga­pore,” they said.

“This con­firms that lo­cal trans­mis­sion has taken place.”

The min­istry said that at this point the trans­mis­sion ap­pears to be lo­calised within the dis­trict.

It said 34 have fully re­cov­ered while the other seven, who are still symp­to­matic and po­ten­tially in­fec­tious, re­main in hospi­tal.

Those with Zika de­velop fever, a rash, joint pains and sore eyes, the

health min­istry state­ment said.

“I en­cour­age those who are un­well and with these symp­toms to visit their doc­tors for med­i­cal at­ten­tion,” Health Min­is­ter Gan Kim Yong said.

The Zika virus out­break be­gan in Brazil in early 2015 and has spread to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Sin­ga­pore in May re­ported the first im­ported case of Zika virus in­fec­tion – a 48-year-old male Sin­ga­pore res­i­dent who had trav­elled to Sao Paulo in Brazil ear­lier in the year.

Zika is pri­mar­ily spread by the bite of an Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito, but it can also be trans­mit­ted sex­u­ally. Un­til now, global health au­thor­i­ties have been pri­mar­ily con­cerned with the dan­ger Zika poses to preg­nant women and their foe­tuses.

Four out of five peo­ple who get Zika do not show any of the com­mon symp­toms.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion says 53 coun­tries around the world have re­ported Zika out­breaks since 2015.

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