evidence Zika in Singapore more or less severe than
strain in Americas: media
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[September 08, 2016]
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - There is no
evidence that the Zika outbreak in Singapore is caused by a viral strain
that is more or less severe than the strain circulating in Latin
America, Singapore media reported on Thursday, citing the health
Singapore has so far detected more than 280 Zika infections since
reporting its first case on Aug. 27.
Zika infections in pregnant women have been shown to cause
microcephaly - a severe birth defect in which the head and brain are
undersized - as well as other brain abnormalities. The connection
between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in
Brazil, which has since confirmed more than 1,800 cases of the birth
In adults, Zika infections have also been linked to a rare
neurological syndrome known as Guillain-Barre, as well as other
An analysis of two locally infected patients showed the Zika strain
in Singapore likely evolved from a strain already circulating in
Southeast Asia since the 1960s, the Straits Times newspaper said on
The analysis will be made available for the benefit of the global
scientific community, including the World Health Organization (WHO),
the newspaper said.
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On Wednesday, the WHO updated its assessment of the Zika virus as a
cause of congenital brain abnormalities in babies and the
Guillian-Barre syndrome, after considering months of research into
the mosquito-borne disease.
(Reporting by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Robert Birsel and Miral
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