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Singapore records more Zika infections

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Singapore (VNA) – Twenty-seven more Zika cases were recorded in Singapore on September 4, bringing the total infections to 242 since the mosquito-borne virus was found a week ago.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) reported that among the new cases, one was not linked to any previous outbreaks, one found in areas of high risks of infection in Joo Seng, and 25 related to the outbreaks in Aljunied, Sims Drive, Kallang and Paya Lebar.

NEA said as by September 3, it cleared 62 mosquito hot spots in Aljunied and 39 others in Bedok North and is taking measures to manage the areas.

Singapore is considering the ability of allowing patients suspected of Zika infection to get treatment at home during the tests of blood and urine.

The first Zika case in Singapore was found on August 27.

The Zika virus is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes.

People with Zika virus disease often display symptoms, including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last from 2 to 7 days.

There is a scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly in newborn babies and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Links to other neurological complications are also being investigated, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).-VNA

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