Another Zika virus region: Singapore, a tourism hub in Southeast Asia

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Tourism has been under threat from the Zika virus in numerous parts of the world. Now the city state of Singapore reported 40 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus infections on Sunday, most of them foreign workers at a construction site.

Singapore has a very active tourism industry. The city is also a center for the MICE business with conventions all year around. Star Alliance member, Singapore Airlines is a favorite in the world, and Singapore is a large South East Asian airline hub.

The government on Saturday announced its first case, that of a 47-year-old Malaysian woman residing in the city state.

All 41 are residents or workers in a suburban district, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said in a joint statement.



At this point the community transmission appears to be localised within the district.

Thirty-six of those infected are foreign labourers working at a construction site in the area, according to the statement.

It said 34 have fully recovered while the other seven, who are still symptomatic and potentially infectious, remain in hospital.