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Zika virus hits 41 in Singapore 29-Aug-16

by August 29, 2016 General

SINGAPORE: Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus which were locally transmitted.

Most of those infected were foreign construction workers, and all lived or worked within the same region of the country, said the health ministry. None were known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently. Thirty-four people have fully recovered but seven are still in hospital.

Zika generally has mild effects but has been linked to severe birth defects. It is suspected of causing a condition called microcephaly, a deformation in which babies are born with small heads. Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes but can also be sexually transmitted, was declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organisation in February.