Three Countries Have Issued Singapore Travel Warnings Over Zika


Residents walk to work past a public service announcement banner against the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, a carrier for the Zika virus, at a residential block at Aljunied Crescent neighbourhood in Singapore on August 29, 2016. Singapore on August 28 confirmed 41 locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus, which can cause deformities in unborn babies, and said more infections are likely. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia, South Korea and Taiwan have issued warnings advising pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant not to visit Singapore, where a Zika outbreak has left dozens infected, Reuters reports.

As of Tuesday afternoon local time, 56 people in Singapore had contracted Zika, a mosquito-borne illness that came to international attention last summer when it was linked to birth defects in Brazil. Singapore’s authorities say they are monitoring the situation but note that the maritime city-state remains a “safe travel destination.”

Singapore is considered one of the world’s most important travel hubs, but its tropical climate makes it an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.


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