Singapore battling Zika after infections rise
2:50 pm, September 02, 2016
Singapore is encouraging residents to use insect repellent, clear blockages in drains and wear long-sleeved clothing to protect themselves from mosquitoes as the number of Zika infections rose to 151 in this city state.
Open-air food centers in the affected districts of Singapore had few lunchtime patrons Friday, apparently fearful of contracting the mosquito-borne virus.
Singapore announced its first Zika infection in May, with the virus imported by a 48-year-old man who returned from Brazil. On Thursday, The Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency confirmed 31 more locally transmitted cases, bringing the total count to 151, including two pregnant women.
The number includes visitors from Malaysia, and Indonesian and Chinese nationals living here.
The Zika virus has mild effect on most people, but can be fatal for unborn children.
Six Bangladeshi nationals were recorded affected with Zika virus in Singapore on August 12, informed Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Mabubuzzaman. Credentials of the affected are yet to be disclosed.
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