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A public service announcement about against the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, a carrier for the Zika virus, at a residential block at Aljunied Crescent neighbourhood in Singapore on August 29, 2016. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Birth defects

Singapore advises pregnant women to test for Zika as virus spreads

By WITW Staff on August 31, 2016

Singapore has advised any pregnant woman with Zika-like symptoms to be tested for the virus, after 82 locally transmitted cases were confirmed. Fever, rash, red eyes and joint pain may all be signs the virus has been contracted. Women with male partners who are Zika-positive are also advised to be tested, as the virus is understood to be sexually transmitted.

The mosquito-borne virus is linked to severe birth defects. The U.S., Australia, Taiwan and South Korea have all issued travel advisories against pregnant women traveling to the city-state.

The original cluster of cases was detected amongst migrant workers in Singapore’s south-east district of Aljuneid, but some cases confirmed in the past week fall outside that area, sparking concerns that numbers may rise dramatically.

The World Health Organization is advising women who are pregnant, or plan to be, not to travel to any area with ongoing Zika outbreaks, as it is thought to cause microcephaly (in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.)

Read the full story at the BBC.


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