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Health Officials Wary of Zika's Spread in Singapore

by September 1, 2016 General

Singapore’s outbreak of Zika is worsening fast and U.S. health official say they are worried.

Singapore, a city-state about two-thirds the size of Washington, D.C., has 115 confirmed cases of the viral infection spread by local mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added Singapore to its list of Zika-affected countries that pregnant women should avoid.

The U.S. now has 47 home-grown cases, all in Florida. Florida health officials added one more case to the count Wednesday.

The jump to Singapore is worrying, health experts say. “I really think we need to keep our eye on Singapore, among other places,” said Dr. Tony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.

“It went from a handful of cases to 50, to 80 and now it’s well over 100 cases,” Fauci told a session on Zika at Georgetown University law school Wednesday.

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