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RETURN OF THE ZIKA VIRUS IN S’PORE – 1ST REPORTED CASE HERE SINCE MARCH 2020

According to the Ministry of Health‘s weekly infectious disease update, the Zika virus has resurfaced in Singapore.

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This is the first reported case since March 2020, and the case was reported on the 34th week of this year, between 21 to 27 August, last month.

This comes in the wake of rising dengue fever cases in Singapore.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) also reported on the case, while the reports for the other weeks were zero – it is the only case for this year, so far.

According to Channel NewsAsia, the reported Zika case is the first one in Singapore in more than 2 years, with the last case being reported in March 2020.

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NEA added that there are no active Zika clusters in Singapore, at the moment.

The return of Zika coincides with Singapore’s rising dengue cases, with 666 dengue cases being reported in the same week as the reported Zika case.

The total number of dengue cases for this year so far now stands at 25,591, with about 404 cases being confirmed last week, from 28 August to 1 September.

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