MORE than 40 people in Singapore have been infected locally by the Zika virus, officials have warned, but they said most had fully recovered.
Singapore announced its first Zika infection in May, after the virus was imported by a 48-year-old man who had travelled to Brazil.
The city state’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday that it had seen 41 locally transmitted cases of the virus. It said that the patients were “not known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, and are thus likely to have been infected in Singapore.”
Of the group, 34 people have recovered, while seven remain at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
The ministry named two residential districts of Singapore where the disease was transmitted and said that the bulk of those infected were foreign builders.
Among those still in hospital is a 47-year-old Malaysian woman, identified by authorities as the first locally transmitted case.