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AUG 29, 2016 | SARAH ANWAR

Zika in Singapore

Unfortunately, Zika has not been confined to the western hemisphere, but has been spreading across the globe, with Singapore recently reporting 41 locally-transmitted cases of Zika infection in residents and construction workers in Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive. Of the total infected individuals, 34 have fully recovered. The first case was admitted to the Communicable Diseases Center at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on August 26 where testing confirmed Zika infection. Localized transmission is believed to be contained in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive area; however, the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) suspects the following areas are likely to experience active Zika transmission in the coming months: Khatib Camp, Sembawang Drive, as well as the hometowns of the infected workers, including Kranji Road, Chiat Place, Senoko South Road, Toh Guan Road East, and Lorong 101 Changi.
The MOH suspects there are more cases of Zika infection than currently reported, since only 20% of infected individuals present with symptoms, and since the vector population is most likely infected. Currently, the National Environmental Agency is undergoing intense vector control operations. The MOH urges individuals living or working in areas designated with active Zika transmission, especially pregnant women, monitor their health, looking for signs and symptoms of Zika infection.
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