A pregnant woman was among the additional cases of Zika infections announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) today.
According to the briefing, a further 24 cases of Zika had been reported on Wednesday August 31st, of which one was a pregnant lady from the Aljunied area. The pregnant woman was tested for Zika after a member of her family was diagnosed as carrying the infection and the test reported positive. However, the experts at the briefing stressed that there was a very low chance that the infection was passed to her from the family member and it was more likely that the two people were infected at the same time.
The MOH and NEA are working with doctors to follow up on the lady’s condition and to offer her the appropriate help and support.
The statement also disclosed that the authorities expect the Zika epidemic to become worse. In addition to the known clusters in the Aljunied area, the people who are known to be infected have links to additional areas including Sims Drive, Sims Drive, Aljunied Crescent, Paya Lebar Way and Kallang Way.
There is also a new potential cluster at Bedok North Avenue 3, the MOH said.
“Over time, we expect Zika cases to emerge from more areas. We must work and plan on the basis that there is Zika transmission in other parts of Singapore,” Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in a statement.
If you are pregnant, it is imperative that you take steps to protect your unborn baby. Take a look at our guide to protecting your unborn child against Zika.
The MOH has advised all pregnant women who develop any type of rash, irritable eyes, or join pain to test for the virus.
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