Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-31 10:20
BATAM, Indonesia - Officials were assigned to monitor sea ports serving Batam-Singapore route to anticipate the spread of Zika virus.
The Health Ministry has assigned health officials to stand guard at eight Riau Islands sea ports that serve routes to Singapore as an anticipatory measure to limit the spread of the Zika virus following reports of infections in the city-state.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-31 09:48
BANGKOK - The number of detected Zika infections in Thailand has jumped significantly this year compared to recent years.
The number of detected Zika infections in Thailand has jumped significantly this year compared to recent years. Between 2012 and 2015, an average of just five people were recorded as infected with the Zika virus each year.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-31 09:30
Submitted by wkrai@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-31 08:30
The number of dengue cases in Singapore has crossed the 11,000 mark for this year, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) dengue website.
As of Monday, a total of 11,053 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported - just shy of the 11,286 cases in the whole of last year.
Last week saw the number of dengue cases rise to 274, an increase of 52 from the previous week.
Submitted by spanaech@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-31 08:03
IN AN effort to curb the transmission of the Zika virus, environment officials and several town councils are carrying out preventive measures, including inspecting work sites and spreading information on how to ward off infection.
By Monday, there were 39 Zika cases found to be linked to a construction site at Sims Drive.
Visiting the Sims Urban Oasis construction site yesterday, Minister of State for Manpower Teo Ser Luck said he was glad to see that its operator has taken more precautions.
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 17:43
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is an infection caused by a group of viruses called enteroviruses, commonly the coxsackievirus A16 and the more serious enterovirus 71.
It is commonly seen in Singapore the whole year round, mainly affecting children.
The condition usually affects kids below 10 years old, said Dr Chan Poh Chong, head and senior consultant, division of general ambulatory paediatrics and adolescent medicine, National University Hospital.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 17:38
Menstruation is not a topic that is mentioned openly in the sporting world. So, when China's Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui talked about it, her comments went viral.
When asked about her team's fourth-place finish in the medley relay, she said she was not at her best as she was having her period and had felt "particularly tired", though she added that it was not an excuse for not swimming well.
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.