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Fifteen more Zika infections found in Singapore

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ngapore stepping up the fight against the growing threat of Zika as the number of locally transmitted infections jumps to 56. Most of those affected are foreign workers all based around a single construction site. But officials are casting awide net, fumigating high rises and spring down potted plants across the city.
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So far, around 40 mosquito breeding grounds have been blitzed around the affected neighbourhood. Residents say they still feel at risk.>> I've heard quite a lot about how harmful Zika virus is to girls especially. Actually, pregnant woman so I'm afraid that if this goes on, it might affect my relatives.
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>> Officials are urging people who feel unwell to seek help. The World Heath Organization says it isn't sure which strain of Zika is active in Singapore, or if some people may be immune. Australia and Taiwan have issued travel warnings for Singapore, while neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia have set up thermal scanners to protect airports and border checkpoints.
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Experts say Southeast Asia needs to up its game to fight Zika. Some symptoms are mild and cases often don't show up in hospitals, sparking fears that the virus may be spreading undiagnosed.