Pregnant woman in Singapore diagnosed with Zika infection

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesperson Jason Penny tells ABC Action News that a firefighter who lives in St. Petersburg has the Zika virus.                      WFTS

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesperson Jason Penny tells ABC Action News that a firefighter who lives in St. Petersburg has the Zika virus. WFTS

It poses a risk to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects. Vision problems and malformed joints have also been documented recently. "Zika virus can be spread very fast", said Mdm Selina Chong, a 37-year-old account executive, who said she would buy mosquito repellent as a precautionary measure. There have been no reported cases of Zika virus contracted from a mosquito bite in Missouri.

Surveillance, intervention and referral to services for infants with adverse outcomes linked to Zika will also be funded.

The researchers are continuing to study these compounds with the hope of testing the treatment on animals infected with Zika in the near future.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published many web pages of information concerning the Zika virus: facts about the virus and ways to prevent the virus spreading.

Of the 24 new cases, 22 are from the Aljunied Crescent-Sims Drive and Kallang Way-Paya Lebar areas.

That report, published online August 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved a baby boy born in January to a woman in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The threat from the Zika virus may become endemic because the states along the Gulf Coast offer a welcoming climate for the disease spreading Aedes mosquitoes, while the rest of the nation remains less threatened.

The baby appeared normal and healthy at birth, with a typical head circumference, according to a team led by Danielle Oliveira of the University of Sao Paulo.

However, closer investigation of the newborn by MRI brain scans revealed troubling neurological abnormalities, the group said. Zika virus can also be spread by sexual contact.

A follow-up blood test by the time the baby was nearly 8 months old showed no trace of Zika, however.

"This is regardless of whether they have been to Zika-affected areas", the statement said.

"From an imaging standpoint, the abnormalities in the brain are very severe when compared to other congenital infections", report co-author Dr. Deborah Levine said in a news release from the journal Radiology, which published the findings August 23. As of Friday, there have been 42 locally transmitted cases in Florida.

Kansas' first case was reported in March.

SINGAPORE, Aug 31 (Reuters) - A pregnant woman was among those diagnosed with Zika infections in Singapore, as the number of confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the city-state rose to 115.

The pregnant woman, who was referred for testing by her general practitioner, lives with someone who also tested positive for Zika, although the ministry declined to elaborate on their relationship.

Time is running out for thousands of pregnant women who live along the Gulf Coast.

The vast majority of Zika infections have occurred in Central and South America and the Caribbean. One of the most likely and cost effective tools for public education regarding the Zika virus would be an application (app) created to provide basic information to users.

This Q & A will tell you what you need to know about Zika.

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