Singapore's first Zika patient has recovered

National Environment Agency officers carrying out inspections and issuing notices to residents at Watten Hill Condominium on May 14, 2016, following the first reported case of Zika virus from a resident at Watten Estate.
National Environment Agency officers carrying out inspections and issuing notices to residents at Watten Hill Condominium on May 14, 2016, following the first reported case of Zika virus from a resident at Watten Estate. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Singapore's first and thus far only Zika patient has made a full recovery, and was discharged from the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital yesterday.

Blood tests confirmed the 48-year-old man to be negative for the Zika virus, which means he will not transmit it even if he is bitten by an Aedes mosquito, according to a joint statement by the Health Ministry and National Environment Agency.

The Singapore permanent resident, who lives in Watten Estate, was confirmed as having the virus last Friday after contracting it during a business trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, between March 27 and May 7.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore's first Zika patient has recovered'. Print Edition | Subscribe