Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pinoys in Singapore urged to take precautions vs. Zika

The Philippine Embassy in Singapore has urged Filipinos there to take all precautionary measures after thet Singapore government confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection.
Most of the affected individuals were foreign workers at a condominium construction project in the eastern Aljunied Crescent district, according to an Agence France-Presse report.
In its advisory, the embassy said Filipino nationals in Singapore should take the following steps in order to minimize the risk of being infected with the virus:
  • Those living in the affected areas especially pregnant women, should monitor their health. They should seek medical attention if they are unwell, especially with symptoms of fever and rash. Pregnant women should adopt strict mosquito precaution if travelling to affected areas;
  • Sexual partners of pregnant women should practice safe sex or consider abstinence throughout the women’s pregnancy;
  • To cooperate with the efforts of the National Environment Agency, especially in the conduct of inspections fogging and public education outreach; and
  • To regularly check the Singapore government’s webpage on Zika (www.moh.gov.sg/zika) for latest health advisories.
In addition, Filipinos were urged to observe the following general preventive
measures:
  • Use insect repellants, windows and door screens;
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants;
  • Read up on the symptoms of Zika. Once you exhibit symptoms, go to
  • the nearest hospital to have yourself voluntarily checked;
  • Health workers are encouraged to strictly comply with infection; and
  • control protocols in their work place
Those who tested positive for Zika are encouraged to inform the Philippine Embassy
immediately through the numbers 6737-3977 or 9072-2797 so that it can render appropriate assistance.
Zika,which is  carried by some mosquitoes, causes only mild symptoms for most people, such as fever and a rash, and has been detected in 58 countries particularly Brazil.
But in pregnant women, it can cause microcephaly, a deformation in which babies are born with abnormally small brains and heads. —KBK, GMA News

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