Singapore fights Zika as cases spike

Most of the infected are foreign construction laborers who work in the same area.

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed as of Monday that 56 Zika virus cases were locally transmitted.

According to a joint release from NEA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) on August 28, 36 foreign workers tested positive for the Zika virus on August 28, of whom seven are still warded at the Communicable Diseases Centre.

Workers wearing fumigation masks moved methodically through high-rise public housing estates, inspecting plant pots and spraying insecticide via thermal fogging machines.

Zika Virus: Singapore Confirms 41 Cases Of Locally Transmitted:- 41 cases of Zika virus which are locally transmitted has been confirmed by the Singapore.

The 47-year-old Malaysian woman developed fever, rash and conjunctivitis on August 25 and tested positive on August 27.

The number of confirmed cases has since risen to 82, with transmission appearing to occur outside of the original cluster. It has been linked in Brazil to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains. Pregnant women and those planning pregnancy should not travel to affected areas.

"Women who are pregnant should not travel to Singapore". Infected patients show mild or no symptoms, making the virus hard to detect. In addition to the new cases involving pregnant women, three travel-related cases were reported in Broward County, three were in Pinellas County, and single cases were reported in Collier, Hillsborough, Orange and Sarasota counties.

It is one of Asia's cleanest cities and enjoys a high standard of health care, but has a chronic problem with dengue fever, which is spread by the same Aedes mosquito that carries the Zika virus.

"There is a possibility of the virus spreading into our country as we have more than 150,000 to 200,000 Malaysians returning to Johor from Singapore", Dr Subramaniam said at a news conference on Monday (Aug 29).

Work was halted at the site on Saturday after authorities found that housekeeping was "unsatisfactory, with potential breeding habitats" for mosquitoes.

Surveillance and quarantine checks at Philippine airport and seaports continue to prevent the entry of Zika virus and other infectious diseases, which travelers may bring into the country. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and vomiting.



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