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


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.