Singapore reports 41 locally-transmitted Zika cases

Singapore reports 41 locally-transmitted Zika cases

SINGAPORE — The Zika virus has arrived in Singapore, with some 41 cases confirmed by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH). The cases were locally transmitted. “They are not known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, and are thus likely to have been infected in Singapore,” said a statement from the ministry.

A local man who had travelled to Brazil and contracted the virus was Singapore’s first imported case of Zika, back in May.

These new cases have all cropped up in the city-state’s Aljunied Crescent neighbourhhod, however the MOH is remaining watchful as the virus could spread.

Zika is now in 58 countries and territories, according to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. The WHO is also keeping a close eye on Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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