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Zika worsens in Singapore, more than 100 infected

Zika virus is mainly transmitted through mosquitoes. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Singapore Sep 01, 2016, 04.38 AM (IST)

As the mosquito-borne Zika virus continues to travel across the world from Africa to the Americas and Asia, Singapore confirmed more cases of infected persons today.

With more than 50 Singaporeans infected, the country’s health ministry confirmed that 21 Chinese nationals and six Bangladeshi nationals have tested positive for the virus.

In a statement sent to Reuters, the foreign ministry, however, added that the health situation was not serious and that some of them had recovered.

"We have been informed yesterday by the Ministry of Health that of those tested positive, as of 12 noon on August 30, six are Bangladeshi nationals," Mahbub Uz Zaman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore told Reuters by email.

Malaysia too confirmed on Thursday its first case of Zika after a woman tested positive, following her trip to Singapore.

"We are carrying out control measures against aedes mosquitoes near the woman's home to prevent the spread of the virus," Malaysia’s health minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said.

The minister said that the government had intensified vector-control activities in the locality that the woman belonged to.
Singapore had announced the first locally contracted case of Zika late on Saturday, and the number has grown steadily through this week.

A total of five Malaysians have so far been identified as having tested positive for Zika in Singapore, Sathasivam said.
Cases of Zika infections were also been reported from Florida last month.

US health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.

Discover more on Zika, in this WION interactive.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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