Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 22:05
SINGAPORE - Singapore confirmed 15 more cases of locally-transmitted infections with the Zika virus late on Monday (Aug 29), having announced 41 over the weekend, The Straits Times newspaper reported, citing the health ministry.
Thirteen of the new cases were people who lived or worked in the same area where the virus was first detected.
The Zika virus, carried by mosquitoes, was detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 21:29
SINGAPORE - Singapore clinics Monday reported more Zika infections, bringing the suspected total to 50, as mosquito-fighting teams saturated the scene of the outbreak.
Inspectors from the National Environment Agency checking for mosquito-breeding sites visited homes in the eastern Aljunied Crescent district where 41 cases - mostly foreign workers at a condominium construction project - have been confirmed.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 16:37
SINGAPORE - Officials sprayed insecticide and cleared drains of stagnant water in residential areas of Singapore at high risk of further Zika infections on Monday after 41 locally transmitted cases were confirmed in the city state.
Workers wearing fumigation masks travelled methodically through high-rise public housing estates in seven separate areas of the island, inspecting plant pots closely as they sprayed insecticide via thermal fogging machines.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 12:25
By the time the first locally transmitted case of Zika was confirmed last Saturday, the authorities were already tracing past cases of fever in the area.
This allowed them to move swiftly on Zika testing of another 123 people last Saturday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) in a joint press conference yesterday.
Most of the results came in on Saturday night. As of noon yesterday, results were pending for five cases.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 12:17
Q: Who is at greatest risk?
A: Unborn babies are the most at risk should their mothers become infected with the Zika virus.
Between 1 per cent and 10 per cent of women infected during pregnancy give birth to babies with defects. The most common defect is microcephaly, where the baby is born with a much smaller head, sloping forehead and damaged brain.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 12:09
Thirty-seven cases of Zika stem from one construction site - the Sims Urban Oasis condominium at 60 Sims Drive.
According to its website, the 23,900 sq m site is being developed by GuocoLand and has an estimated date of vacant possession till June 2020.
A total of 118 people working at the construction site have been tested for Zika. Among them, a 30- year-old Singaporean man who lives in Sembawang Drive developed a fever and rash last Monday.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 12:01
A coffee shop beer promoter here has been confirmed as the only female case of Zika which has been transmitted locally.
The Straits Times understands that the woman works at Y2000 Beer Garden coffee shop in Block 45, Sims Drive.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the 47-year-old Malaysian - who has not been named - developed a fever, rash and conjunctivitis last Thursday.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 11:52
MacPherson MP Tin Pei Ling is drawing up a list of pregnant women in her constituency to keep them "updated and assured" about the Zika situation, after a female resident became the first known locally transmitted Zika case.
Ms Tin also responded within minutes after a pregnant woman living near Aljunied Crescent posted on Facebook that she was "starting to freak out" after hearing about the outbreak.
Ms Samantha Ng wrote: "I'm staying in the MacPherson area and currently in my last trimester. Hopefully (I) will be safe and good."
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Mon, 2016-08-29 11:42
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Submitted by candicec@a1 on Sun, 2016-08-28 17:30
SINGAPORE - There have been 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus infection here, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA).
All of the infected are residents or workers in the Aljunied Crescent and Sims Drive areas, including 36 foreign workers.