15 New Zika Cases in Singapore Bring Total to 56

SINGAPORE — 15 new cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed on Monday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced.

This news comes just a day after the government confirmed there were 41 cases detected in the Aljunied Crescent and Sims Drive neighbourhoods. This brings the new tally to 56.

Of the 15 new cases, two of the patients have fully recovered. All infected parties live or work in the affected areas.

As of Monday, the MOH says that they have completed testing of foreign workers at a Sims Drive construction site, who previously showed symptoms of fever or rash. Further testings will be carried out on workers living in dormitories located within the areas of concern.

To curb the outbreak, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has stepped up on inspections and measures to raise awareness on Zika virus.

Pregnant women infected with Zika face the additional risk of their unborn babies developing microcephaly, a condition associated with incomplete brain development.

At least one pregnant woman in Singapore has moved away from the affected area. The Straits Times reports that 28-year-old expectant mother, Sherynn Ellyadi, moved out of her rented flat at Sims Drive. She is due to give birth this week.

Ellyadi’s mother, Lela Noordin, said: “We have to take care now that this virus is around,” said Noordin.


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