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Zika virus has been the hot word in local news articles these days.  SG Baby Club understands that there are consequences if a pregnant woman is infected. The Zika virus infection of a pregnant mother can cause microcephaly (which means “small head”) in her unborn foetus.  Babies who survive with this disorder will often have seizures and difficulty lifting their heads, controlling their muscles or even feeding. The impact is lifelong, and care can be expensive. Therefore, pregnant women should take additional precautions to protect herself from mosquito bites and consider not to travel to countries with ongoing outbreaks.

The virus has an incubation period of about 3 to 12 days, and will usually result in mild illness with most people not having any symptoms. If they do develop, however, one will experience fever, maculopapular rash , arthralgia , myalgia , headache and conjunctivitis, which may last for 4 to 7 days.

Pregnant women who have been to infected areas and developed symptoms of Zika such as fever and rash should seek consultation  of their doctors for testing for Zika infection.

So far, there are 387 reported cases of Zika as of 23 Sep 2016. The list of affected areas and areas of concern are listed below :

Affected Areas

  •  Aljunied Crescent
  • Sims Drive
  • Kallang Way
  • Paya Lebar Way
  • Bishan Street 12
  • Elite Terrace
  • Ubi Crescent
  • Balam Road
  • Sengkang Central

Areas of Concern

  •  Khatib Camp
  •  Sembawang Drive
  •  Kranji Road
  •  Joo Chiat Place
  •  Senoko South Road
  •  Toh Guan Road East
  •  Lor 101 Changi
  • Bedok North Ave 3

 

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