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Dozens of Zika cases discovered in Singapore

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>> More than 40 confirmed cases of Zika and counting. That's the latest tally in Singapore on Monday, just two days after the city-state confirmed its first locally transmitted case of the virus. Most of those infected are foreign construction workers. The health ministry saying the majority have recovered, though a handful are still in hospital.
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A Malaysian woman became Singapore's first locally transmitted patient on Saturday. After that, authorities tested more than a 120 people working at a construction site close to where she lived, revealing dozens more cases. Official say none of the infected workers recently traveled to Zika stricken areas meaning they contracted the virus in Singapore.
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Around 200 workers had been deployed to clean drains and spray insecticide. Nearly every country in Southeast Asia has recorded Zika cases since 2013. The current string sweeping Latin America actually began in Asia and experts say people there may have built up greater immunity. Singapore is a major Asia transit hub and constantly guards itself against the mosquito born virus Dengae.
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But officials say they can't rule out further cases of Zika. In fact they expect more cases to be identified