Singapore: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday confirmed that around 13 Indian nationals have tested positive for Zika virus in Singapore.

As per a report published by Reuters, “According to our mission in Singapore 13 Indian nationals have tested positive for Zika in Singapore,” Vikas Swarup, spokesman for the ministry of external affairs said.

Meanwhile, the Singapore health officials confirmed the reports of its first pregnant woman who tested positive for Zika virus infection. According to a report published by the US health officials, the Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.

Malaysia too confirmed its first case of the Zika virus on Thursday, a woman who had recently travelled to Singapore.

The virus, which has caused alarm among Malaysian health authorities, was detected in the 58-year-old woman and it is suspected that the woman got infected while visiting her daughter in Singapore from August 19 to 21.



(With inputs from IANS)

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