Forty-one cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Singapore following which Australia might look at the possibility of issuing a travel warnings for Aussies against Singapore visits.
In most of the reported cases, the victims are foreign workers from the construction industry. The authorities have indicated more such infection reports to come into the limelight in the coming days. The nation’s Health Ministry in association with the National Environment Agency has confirmed on Sunday that seven Zika patients were still being treated at Tan Tock Seng Hospital while the rest have successfully recovered.
The ministry released a statement, according to which, the infected people have not been found traveling to any area prone to Zika attack. Hence, it is being concluded that the nation itself has been surrounded by the mosquito species containing the disease.
Recently, numerous cases of Zika infection were reported in Florida that made the Australian authorities to ban it as the travel spot for Australians.
It was only on Saturday when the first case of local transmission of the virus was reported. A Malaysian woman, 47, was the first victim residing in south-eastern Singapore. On the other hand, the first imported Zika virus case came into existence in May when a man who had a trip to Brazil started exhibiting signs of the infection and was admitted to hospital.
As of now, no vaccine has been developed to treat Zika virus. However, researchers are working continuously to find out ways to cure the dangerous infection contracted by people. The worst effect of the virus is that it affects the newborns to a major extent. A newbie might suffer from microcephaly, the condition in which the brain and head size are under-developed. Another effect can be arthrogryposis, which is a condition in which infants suffer from joint issues.
The World Health Organization released a statement on Sunday where it said that it was not aware of the Zika lineage circulating in Singapore. “It is important for countries to remain vigilant through surveillance for cases, to continue vector control, to inform people about Zika and how they can protect themselves, and to have the health system ready to supply the services needed to prevent and manage Zika and its consequences,” it told Reuters.