Singapore's first Zika patient fully recovered, discharged from hospital

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito photographed on human skin in a laboratory.
An Aedes Aegypti mosquito photographed on human skin in a laboratory.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - A 48-year-old man who was the first in Singapore to test positive for the Zika virus has made a full recovery. He was discharged from the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on Tuesday afternoon (May 17).

According to a joint statement by the Ministry Of Health and National Environment Agency on Tuesday evening, tests done by the National Public Health Laboratory on his blood samples have confirmed that he is negative for the Zika virus.

This means that he will not transmit the virus even if he is bitten by an Aedes mosquito, the statement said, adding that his family members have not reported any symptoms of Zika.

 
 
 

The Singapore permanent resident, who lives in the Watten Estate area, was confirmed as having the virus last Friday (May 13) after contracting it during a business trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil between March 27 and May 7. He developed a fever and rash three days after his return, and was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital on Thursday (May 12), where he was isolated. He was later transferred to the Communicable Diseases Centre at TTSH. He is thus far the only confirmed case in Singapore.

"We advise residents in the Watten Estate area to continue to monitor their health and seek medical attention if unwell, especially if they develop symptoms such as fever and rash. They should also inform their doctors of the location of their residence," the statement said.

Symptoms of the Zika virus are similar to dengue, and include fever, rashes and joint and muscle aches.