Doctors are providing close support and counseling, the Ministry of
Health and National Environment Agency said in a joint statement.
On Sunday, the government confirmed 11 new cases of
While most people experience mild symptoms, Zika infections in
pregnant women have been shown to cause microcephaly, a severe birth
defect in which the head and brain are undersized. In adults, it can
cause a rare neurological syndrome called Guillain-Barre.
Island city-state Singapore reported its first locally infected Zika
patient on Aug. 27 and since then, the number of reported infections
has risen to more than 300.
Zika was first identified in Uganda in 1947 and was unknown in the
Americas until 2014.
The virus is currently affecting large parts of Latin America and
the Caribbean, with Brazil the hardest hit so far. It has also
spread in other parts of Southeast Asia.
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(Reporting by Saeed Azhar; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)
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