The Singapore Ministry of Health reported today an additional 26 locally transmitted, or autochthonous Zika virus cases, bringing the total to 82.
The local transmission of Zika virus in Singapore has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a travel notice to the Asian city-state.
Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.
Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Singapore protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Sexual transmission of Zika virus is also possible, so travelers are encouraged to use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) or not have sex.
Many people infected with Zika virus do not get sick. Among those who do develop symptoms, sickness is usually mild, with symptoms that last for several days to a week.
CDC says women who are pregnant should not travel to Singapore. If you must travel, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
If you have a partner who lives in or has traveled to Singapore, either use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) or do not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during your pregnancy.
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