Zika

Singapore confirms 26 more local transmission Zika cases: media

  • Passengers arriving from Singapore walk near a banner about Zika virus at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta

    Passengers arriving from Singapore walk near a banner about Zika virus at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • Airplane passengers walks through feverscan camera system shortly after arriving from Singapore at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta

    Airplane passengers walks through feverscan camera system shortly after arriving from Singapore at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • A worker sprays insecticide along the common areas of a public housing estate in Singapore

    A worker sprays insecticide along the common areas of a public housing estate in Singapore  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Singapore confirmed 26 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections on Tuesday, bringing the tally to 82, local media reported, citing the health ministry and National Environment Agency.

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Of these, five cases were detected in parts of Singapore outside the Aljunied area where all the previous cases were found, media reported.

The Zika virus was detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas. It poses a risk to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.