Half of Americans wary of travel to US Zika zones

Report comes after an outbreak of the disease that at first affected three dozen workers on a construction site

Report comes after an outbreak of the disease that at first affected three dozen workers on a construction site

Singapore has stepped up efforts to fight the Zika virus since reporting the first locally-transmitted case on August 27. She was tested for the virus on Monday, and was confirmed positive.

The pregnant woman was reportedly living in the virus-hit housing, the Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency said.

Singapore is stepping up its fight against the Zika virus outbreak after more than 80 locally transmitted cases were reported.

After returning to her home near Kuala Lumpur, the woman fell ill and was diagnosed with "suspected" Zika, based on a urine test.

He said that if anyone had symptoms of Zika, such as having a headache, conjunctivitis, mild fever, skin rashes and joint pains, they should immediately go to the nearest health clinic or hospital for treatment.

He said five thermal scanners to help detect Zika had been installed at worldwide checkpoints in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap City, Bavet City in Svay Rieng province, Poipet in Banteay Meanchey province and Prek Chka in Kampot province. The virus is also known to cause microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with small heads, or their heads stop growing after birth. "We must work and plan on the basis that there is Zika transmission in other parts of Singapore and extend our vector control efforts beyond the current affected areas". Zika is also sexually transmitted and may be a cause of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an illness of the nervous system that can lead to muscle weakness or paralysis. The results of her blood test are pending.

Singapore's Tourism Board said it was premature to consider any impact on the sector, adding it remained a "safe travel destination".

The virus has been detected in several Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines, according to the World Health Organization.

"Control activities carried out include eliminate Aedes breeding sites, larvaciding and fogging".

Foreign nationals including six Bangladeshis and 21 Chinese are among the 115 confirmed Zika infections in Singapore. He later clarified that the child was in fact an adult daughter who is working in Singapore and has not returned to Malaysia. The mosquito specimen also spreads dengue virus, which the country also struggled with.

Following the official announcement from Singapore's Health Ministry about the transmission of the Zika virus in the country, Indonesia's Health Ministry will continue to monitor.

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