Health officials in Singapore reported today on the first travel associated Zika virus case on the island city-state, The Ministry of Health (MOH) says the patient is a 48-year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who had traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil from 27 March to 7 May 2016.
The patient developed fever and rash from 10 May and was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital on 12 May 2016 and isolated.
The patient was tested positive for Zika virus infection on 13 May. He will be transferred to the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment and isolation to minimize the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes and spreading the infection in the community. The patient is currently well and recovering. He will only be discharged upon being tested negative for the Zika virus.
MOH is screening the patient’s household members. They have been advised to monitor their health and seek medical treatment if unwell. MOH and National Environment Agency (NEA) will also actively alert residents in the vicinity to seek medical attention should they develop symptoms of fever and rash.