Zika virus: Locally transmitted Zika infects 41 people in Singapore
SINGAPORE — More than 40 people have been infected locally by the Zika virus in Singapore, but most have fully recovered, officials said Sunday.Singapore announced its first Zika infection in May, with the virus imported by a 48-year-old man who had traveled to Brazil. On Sunday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 41 locally transmitted cases of the virus.Story continues belowThe ministry said in a statement that the patients were “not known to have traveled to Zika-affected areas recently, and are thus likely to have been infected in Singapore. This confirms that local transmission of Zika virus infection has taken place.”READ MORE: These are the tell-tale symptoms of Zika virus, according to a new case studyOf the group, 34 people have recovered, while seven remain at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the statement said.The ministry named two residential districts of Singapore where the disease was transmitted and said that the bulk of those infected were foreign construction workers. The virus was mostly detected through tests on Saturday.READ MORE: Here’s what Zika virus symptoms look like in pregnant womenAmong those still hospitalized is a 47-year-old Malaysian woman, identified by authorities as the first locally transmitted case.Zika has mild effects on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children. Infection during pregnancy can result in babies with small heads — a condition called microcephaly — and other brain defects.