Singapore's first imported Zika case: Patient discharged from CDC

Singapore's first imported Zika case: Patient discharged from CDC

Singapore's first Zika patient has made a full recovery and has been discharged from the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, say MOH and NEA.

SINGAPORE: The 48-year-old man who was Singapore's first imported case of Zika was discharged on Tuesday (May 17) from Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Communicable Disease Centre, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a joint statement.

MOH and NEA said the patient has now tested negative for the virus.

"This means he will not transmit the virus even if he was bitten by an Aedes mosquito," MOH and NEA said. "The patient is well and has made a full recovery."

The statement added that the man's family members have not reported any symptoms of Zika.

However, MOH and NEA cautioned that residents in the Watten Estate area, where the man lives, should continue monitoring their health and seek medical attention if feeling unwell - especially if they develop symptoms such as fever and rash.

"They should also inform their doctors of the location of their residence," the statement said.

In addition, MOH and NEA said members of the public should help minimise the risk of the spread of Zika by preventing mosquito breeding. One should also protect themselves from mosquito bites, such as by applying mosquito repellent.

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MOH and NEA reported Singapore's first imported case of Zika on May 13. The patient had travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil from Mar 27 to May 7, and developed fever and rash from May 10.

He was then admitted to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital on May 12 and isolated. He tested positive for the Zika virus on May 13 and was transferred to the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment.

MOH and NEA advised residents of Watten Estate, Casa Perla, Hillcrest Arcadia, The Arcadia and Watten Hill Condominium to monitor their health.

Watten Estate on Google Maps

Source: CNA/dl

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