Submitted by candicec@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 22:18
SINGAPORE - Pregnant women in Singapore with symptoms of Zika - such as fever, rash, red eyes or joint pain - are advised to be tested for the virus, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Pregnant women with male partners who are Zika-positive should also be tested, regardless of whether they have been to Zika-affected areas, and even if they do not display symptoms of the virus.
Testing will be free at public healthcare institutions for pregnant women who meet the criteria and are referred by their doctors.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 21:50
SINGAPORE - Singapore confirmed another 26 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus on Tuesday (Aug 30), on top of the 41 and 15 cases confirmed on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
This brings the total number of cases to 82.
In a joint media statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said that, as of noon on Aug 30, another 111 individuals tested negative over the last 24 hours.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 17:16
PARIS - A common drug used to kill tapeworm prevented the Zika virus from replicating in lab experiments, scientists said Monday.
The medicine, Nicolsamide, was previously shown to be safe for pregnant women, which may boost its rapid deployment to treat Zika infection, they reported in the journal Nature Medicine.
"The findings should significantly advance current Zika virus research and have an immediate effect on the development of anti-Zika therapeutics," the team concluded.
Submitted by minlee@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 16:19
Most of the cases surfaced after MOH took quick action to conduct broader checks.
On Aug 27, the Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency confirmed the first locally-transmitted case of the Zika virus, as well as the presence of three other suspect cases involving people who live or work in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive area. The number of confirmed cases increased to 41 just a day later on Aug 28.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 15:33
SINGAPORE - Australia, Taiwan and South Korea advised pregnant women and those attempting to get pregnant to avoid travel to Singapore after an outbreak of the Zika virus infected more than 50 people in the city-state.
The outbreak and the warnings come as a potential blow to tourism in one of the world's busiest travel hubs, which is already struggling to recover from a slump amid tepid global growth.
Submitted by nithiyat@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 12:58
The doctors were puzzled. One after another, patients were coming in with exactly the same symptoms: fever, rash and joint pain. In most cases, the symptoms were mild, but the sheer number of patients exhibiting them took the doctors by surprise.
Dr Lim Chien Chuan, one of three general practitioners at the Sims Drive Medical Clinic, said he and his colleagues noticed a sudden spike in patient numbers around the second week of August.
Submitted by nithiyat@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 12:49
Wear long-sleeved clothing, use mosquito repellent, sleep in air- conditioned rooms and reconsider travel plans to areas with local transmission of the Zika virus.
That was the advice doctors and the Ministry of Health (MOH) had for pregnant women as concerns grew over the spread of the Aedes mosquito-borne virus.
While mild for most, Zika can be dangerous for unborn children. Around 1 per cent to 13 per cent of women infected while pregnant could give birth to babies with small heads - a condition known as microcephaly - and other brain defects.
Submitted by nithiyat@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 12:36
At least one pregnant woman has moved out of her home to avoid the risk of Zika to her unborn child.
Housewife Sherynn Ellyadi, 28, who is due to give birth to a boy this week, was previously living in a three-room interim rental flat in Sims Drive with her husband, mother and her five young sons.
But yesterday, she moved to her mother-in-law's home in Woodlands after hearing about Zika cases in the Sims Drive/Aljunied Crescent area.
A total of 56 people have been diagnosed with the Zika virus as of yesterday.
Submitted by nithiyat@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 12:24
The authorities stepped up efforts to contain the Zika virus yesterday, even as 15 new cases surfaced.
This brings the total number of people who have been locally infected to 56 - and more are likely to be uncovered, warn the authorities.
National Environment Agency (NEA) officials fogged, misted and sprayed the cluster of Aljunied Crescent and Sims Drive, where the outbreak has taken place.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 12:16
The authorities had released information on the 41 confirmed cases of locally transmitted Zika as soon as they could, said Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday.
"I know some quarters have been trying to perhaps cast different aspersions about information being not forthcoming, but I think in this particular instance, what is quite clear to me is that (the Health Ministry) is quite particular that once information is ready, then it's pushed out immediately - which has been the case," he said.