Sin­ga­pore re­ports Asian Zika strain

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SIN­GA­PORE re­ported 215 cases of Zika in­fec­tions as sci­en­tists in the city-state said the virus strain comes from within Asia and was not im­ported from Brazil.

The Min­istry of Health and Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Agency said in a joint state­ment that of the 26 new cases re­ported, 24 were linked to a clus­ter in the Alju­nied district where the coun­try’s first lo­cally trans­mit­ted cases were re­ported.

The state­ment did not say where the other two cases were from.

A week af­ter Sin­ga­pore re­ported its first case of lo­cally trans­mit­ted Zika in­fec­tion, lo­cal sci­en­tists say they have com­pleted ge­netic se­quenc­ing of the virus.

“The anal­y­sis found that the virus be­longs to the Asian lin­eage and likely evolved from the strain that was al­ready cir­cu­lat­ing in South­east Asia. The virus from th­ese two pa­tients was not im­ported from South Amer­ica,” the state­ment said.

The Aedes ae­gypti mosquito­borne Zika, which has been de­tected in 67 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries in­clud­ing hard-hit Brazil, causes only mild symp­toms for most peo­ple such as fever and a rash. –

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