CDC Alert Level 2 – Zika Virus in Singapore

Posted: 08/31/2016

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhances Precautions

What is the current situation?

Local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) has been reported in Singapore. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.

Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Singapore protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Sexual transmission of Zika virus is also possible, so travelers are encouraged to use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) or not have sex.

Many people infected with Zika virus do not get sick. Among those who do develop symptoms, sickness is usually mild, with symptoms that last for several days to a week. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder that can cause muscle weakness and paralysis for a few weeks to several months. Current CDC research suggests that GBS is strongly associated with Zika; however, only a small proportion of people with recent Zika virus infection get GBS. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have permanent damage. For more information, see Zika and GBS.

As more information becomes available, this travel notice will be updated. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date recommendations.

Zika Virus in Pregnancy

A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. CDC recommends special precautions for the following groups:

  • Women who are pregnant:
    • Should not travel to Singapore.
    • If you must travel, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
    • If you have a partner who lives in or has traveled to Singapore, either use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) or do not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during your pregnancy.
  • Women who are trying to become pregnant:
    • Before you or your partner travel, talk to your doctor about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection.
    • See CDC guidance for how long you should wait to get pregnant after travel to Singapore.
    • You and your partner should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
  • People who have traveled to Singapore and have a pregnant partner should use condoms or not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during the pregnancy.

Read the full travel alert here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-singapore