Zika Virus: Singapore Confirms 41 Cases Of Locally Transmitted :- 41 cases of Zika virus which are locally transmitted has been confirmed by the Singapore.
The health minister said that most of those infected were foreign constructions workers. They all lived and worked within the same region of the country.
34 people have fully recovered but 7 still in the hospital for the treatment.
It is suspected of causing a condition called Microcephaly. Microcephaly is disease in which babies are born with small heads.
Zika is spread by mosquitoes but can also sexually transmitted. Zika virus was declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization in the month of February this year.
36 of the 41 were foreign workers who worked in the same construction site in Singapore.
The housekeeping was found potential breeding habitats favourable to musquito breeding. Work at the site has been halted.
In a statement, the health ministry said that it could not rule out further community transmission, since more of those tested positive also live or work in other parts of Singapore.
The symptoms of Zika virus is as follow:
- Mild fever, rash, joint pain, headache, conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes).
- A rare nervous system disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, that can cause temporary paralysis has been linked to the infection.
- No vaccine or drug treatment so patients are advised to drink plenty of fluids and rest.
- Deaths are rare in the disease and only one-in-five people infected is thought to develop symptoms.