Airport secreening as 10 Bangladeshis get Zika in S'pore, one at home

Airport secreening as 10 Bangladeshis get Zika in S’pore, one at home


Dhaka – Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said on Thursday the government has strengthened airport screening for the passengers coming from Singapore following Zika virus outbreak in the city state.
The minister on Thursday said they had already asked the authorities to strictly screen incoming passengers from Singapore.
His comment followed Singapore Ministry of Health’s report that they found 10 Bangladesh nationals among the Zika-infected people in the country.Following the global Zika outbreak, the health department earlier this year had set up a special device that records temperature of passengers when they pass through the archways.
The mosquito-borne infection is a cause of global concern for its link with microcephaly in which a baby is born with a small head.
An AFP report from Paris says, at least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold, researchers warned Friday, with 1.2 billion at risk in India alone.
These are people who reside in as-yet unaffected parts of the world with the right climate and abundant mosquitoes for the virus to settle, spread and propagate an epidemic like the one besetting the Americas and Caribbean, they said.
With about 130 cases reported in Singapore, the situation is worsening fast, according to the US Centre for Disease Control that added the city state to its list of Zika-affected countries that pregnant women should avoid.
Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore Mahmud Uz Zaman has said that due to patients’ confidentiality requirements, the Ministry of Health was not divulging further information about the ZIke-infected patients.
The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that causes dengue fever also causes Zika.
Bangladesh identified a case in March while re-testing the old blood samples collected for dengue amid global concerns. However, the patient had recuperated much earlier.
The Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.
The illness is usually mild with the symptoms lasting a week. In 80 percent of the cases, symptoms do not appear. There is no vaccine for the disease.
The disease also does not spread person to person through respiratory droplets.
An earlier UNB report said, the Ministry of Health of Singapore has confirmed that 10 persons are Bangladeshi nationals among the affected as of Thursday noon, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Mahbub Uz Zaman told UNB.
According to the Ministry of Health notification, the affected Bangladeshi nationals had very mild symptoms and most of them either have recovered or are recovering.
The High Commission has issued an advisory for the Bangladeshi nationals living in Singapore and urged to take necessary precautionary measures.
The High Commissioner has urged all to take the appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito breeding as vector control is critical in preventing transmission and reducing the risk of the virus.
The High Commission is in close touch with the Ministry of Health and other relevant government agencies in Singapore and monitoring the situation closely, said a press release.
Officials from the High Commission have already visited a number of dormitories where many Bangladeshi workers live and are maintaining close contact with the owners and management of those dormitories to get constant updates about possible cases of infection involving Bangladeshi nationals.
Advisory issued for BD nationals, urged them to take precautionary measures


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