The Singapore government has confirmed that there are people identified with the zika virus.
Until now, there have been 56 cases of the zika virus that have infected Singaporeans. This was followed by a government appeal advising that traveler pregnant women not to visit Singapore in the near future given the increasing number of zika virus cases found in the country. Zika virus is dangerous for the fetus.
“The thing that is quite fearful about the risk of the Zika virus is the correlation, if a pregnant mother and child occurs microcephaly. For that, pregnant women should consider these risks (before visiting Singapore), “said Health Minister Nila Djuwita F. Moeloek.
Unfortunately, the threat of this dangerous virus seems to have entered Indonesia. It was confirmed by the government that there were Indonesians who were positively diagnosed with this one virus. After further research, the infected victim was the Anak Dalam tribe in Jambi.
“For the Anak Dalam tribe, I only talked to one or a few people with the researchers. So there were no victims who were infected by tens of people. Until now, we have not received many reports, ”said Nila as quoted by Dream.co.id on Wednesday August 2016.
The detection of the zika virus that infects the Anak Dalam tribe in Jambi is actually to investigate the presence of the dengue virus. However, after a deeper investigation, it seemed that the victim was infected with the positive zika virus.
“It just so happened that a study was being carried out for fever, prioritizing dengue at that time, dengue fever, but by means of the lab examination, it could be followed up, and it could be seen that there was Zika positive,” he explained.
The zika virus itself is a type of disease carried by mosquitoes and is suspected to cause microcephaly. The impact can be dangerous when exposed to pregnant people because the effect can make the fetus born with a shrunken head or brain defects.
“It has not been proven whether the Zika virus causes microcephaly, but there has been a warning, especially those from Brazil. Now we are monitoring whether Zika is affected by Zika or not. The point is we are still doing further research, “he said.
Nila continued that she still didn’t know how many people had been infected with the zika virus. It’s just that, he made sure the number did not reach tens of people like what happened in Singapore.
However, he said that the Ministry of Health would not be caught off guard even though not many Indonesians were infected with this virus. Nila said that the Indonesian government will always be alert and alert because the World Health Organization (WHO) has set an alert status for the threat of this one virus.
In addition, he also added that apart from maintaining the cleanliness of the surrounding environment so as not to be exposed to mosquitoes, no other action was taken to prevent the risk of spreading this one virus. However, the government has deployed health officials and institutions to take preventive measures wherever possible so that the spread of the zika virus from neighboring countries is not too large. One of them is by screening those who suffer from fever. “If a fever is positive, a blood draw will be taken, fill in the alert card. If the victim is positive for Zika, we can monitor it, “he explained.