UK, Australia and Taiwan issue travel advisories for Singapore on Zika cases

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Aug 30, 2016 (LBO) – Countries including the U.K., Australia and Taiwan have issued travel advisories for tourists to Singapore after the nation announced a further increase in Zika cases.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health confirmed 15 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus on Monday, bringing the total number of affected to 56, CNBC reported.

The various travel advisories issued Monday warn expecting mothers to exercise caution and defer all non-essential travel to Singapore.

The Zika virus is transmitted mainly by Aedes mosquitoes, and has been linked to a rare birth effect, known as microcephaly, in babies whose mothers suffered from the virus while pregnant. Symptoms include fever, skin rash, red eyes, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headaches.

There is currently no cure or vaccine to prevent Zika infection, and treatments are focused on relieving symptoms.

Malaysia, which shares a border with Singapore, Monday announced an increase of precautionary measures such as thermal scanners to detect fever at major entry points in the state of Johor and various airports, reported The Straits Times.

Singapore had reported a case of Zika in May, in a man who had been to Brazil, the country at the center of the global Zika outbreak.

Last week Hong Kong reported what was thought to be its first locally-transmitted Zika case but that person has since tested negative for the virus.