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24-year-old pregnant woman diagnosed with both dengue and zika as zika count rises to 189




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TODAY newspaper reported that a pregnant woman in Singapore has been diagnosed with both Zika and dengue infections. It is unclear if she is among the two pregnant women Ministry of Health identified in its earlier press release. The 24-year-old entrepreneur received her Zika test result on Sep 1, and the doctor told her she had probably caught the virus a week ago.

Test show that the baby was developing normally, but she would have to be tested again for any abnormal foetal development four weeks later. The mother os a child, the woman intends to follow through with her pregnancy.

The newspaper reported: “although she has been diagnosed with Zika, her family members have not been offered testing for Zika. Her two-year-old son, however, has been running a fever which subsided after taking paracetamol. She said she would take him to the doctor’s if his fever spikes again…Recounting the past week’s events to TODAY, Mary said that her Zika diagnosis was rather “unexpected”. She had taken precautions, such as dousing herself and her son in mosquito repellent, for the past few weeks.”

The Ministry of Health said in a press release that as of 2 Sep the total number of locally transmitted zika infection has risen to 189. It has confirmed 38 new cases of the virus infection in Singapore. Of these, 34 cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster. Four cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

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