Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes, 1st in US mainland


He said Indian Mission is in "constant close touch" with the Ministry of Health of Singapore and will continue to follow up to ensure that Indian Nationals receive full medical support. They say the infected person is a non-pregnant woman who was traveling to an area with on-going Zika transmission by mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, Malaysia today reported its first case of Zika virus infection.

Health Minister S. Subramaniam said the woman and her husband visited Singapore for three days from August 19.

The MOH said a doctor was following-up closely on the case to monitor her health and the development of her baby.

The Zika virus, is spread to people through mosquito bites, was declared an global public health emergency by the World Health Organization. "However, the patient's blood test result is still pending".

He added that scientists are still learning about this new disease.

He believed the woman could have been infected in Singapore because she started to experience signs of Zika infection on the same day as her daughter in Singapore.

"Control activities carried out include eliminating Aedes breeding sites, larvaciding and fogging".

Dr Subramaniam said information obtained from the Ministry of Health Singapore revealed that five Malaysians residing and working in Singapore had also been confirmed to be infected with the Zika virus.

Half of the Zika cases in Singapore are foreigners who live or work here and six of them are Malaysians, Todayonline.com reported today. Intensive trapping and testing is continuing across the region.

A pregnant woman was among the victims, they said. Local authorities are also encouraging members of the public to use a mobile application device called OneService - which was set up to give feedback on municipal issues - to report any suspicious looking mosquito-breeding grounds.

Most of the Zika infections from Florida mosquitoes have been in the Miami area, not the tourist mecca of Orlando and its Walt Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld theme parks.

He also said Malaysians driving to and from Singapore had been advised to spray mosquito repellents in their vehicles to prevent the insects from being inadvertently brought into Malaysia.

"Yes, we will be asking the federal and state government for additional funds as we move on in the fight against Zika, but it doesn't mean we will be stopping any of our efforts", while we wait to be reimbursed, said Gimenez. Common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Chinese officials said at least 21 of their citizens living in Singapore have contracted the virus.