SINGAPORE, Sept 2 – Half of the Zika cases in Singapore are foreigners who live or work here and six of them are Malaysians, TODAYonline.com reported today. Quoting the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH), the news portal said that out of 115 cases, 57 are foreigners. The largest group is 23 people from China, followed by 15 from India and 10 from Bangladesh.
Six cases are Malaysians, and one case each from Indonesia, Myanmar and Taiwan. MOH spokesperson was quoted as saying that all had mild illnesses. It said most have recovered while the rest are recovering well. On Saturday, it was reported that a Malaysian woman is believed to be the first patient infected by locally-transmitted Zika virus in Singapore.
The 47-year-old had not travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, she was likely to have been infected in the republic. She resides at Block 102, Aljunied Crescent and works in Singapore. Meanwhile, Malaysia today reported its first case of Zika virus infection. A woman in Klang, Selangor, tested positive for the disease a week after her return from Singapore on Aug 21, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam was quoted as saying. — Bernama