Singapore confirms 41 cases of Zika

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Singapore authorities say they have identified 41 locally-transmitted cases of the Zika virus, mostly in foreign construction workers, and that more are expected. Natasha Howitt reports.

Singapore confirms 41 cases of Zika

Singapore says it has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus, and that more are expected to be identified.

Authorities say the virus was locally transmitted as none of those infected had recently travelled to affected areas.

Residents living in the area where the cases have been found are calling for action.


“I think it’s pretty worrying because it just suddenly popped out of nowhere, we suddenly have 41 cases just out of the blue, so I think it’s pretty alarming and I think steps should be taken to actually find out how or why the sudden spread of the Zika virus occurred.”

A 47-year-old Malaysian woman living in this building was found to have the virus on Saturday.

About 200 National Environment Agency officers were deployed to clean the drains and fumigate the area.

Medical services are on alert for any signs of patients with symptoms.

Most of the other cases have emerged among foreign construction workers.

The Zika virus, which has swept across much of the Americas, poses a particular risk to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

Singapore is a major regional financial centre and a busy transit hub.

The first case of Zika on the island was found in a middle-aged man who travelled to Brazil in May.

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