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New Delhi: Thirteen Indians have tested positive for Zika in Singapore as the city-state grapples with rising number of the mosquito-borne disease.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Indian Embassy in Singapore has reported that 13 Indians have been affected by Zika virus.

A pest control worker fumigates drains and the gardens at a local housing estate where the latest case of Zika infections were reported from on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Singapore. Indonesia is screening travelers from neighboring Singapore for the mosquito-borne Zika virus as the city-state reports a growing number of infections and its first case of a pregnant woman testing positive. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

There has been a surge in number of people affected by Zika virus in Singapore, particularly those working in construction sites. AP

"As per our Embassy in Singapore, 13 Indian nationals have tested positive for Zika in that country," he said.

There has been a surge in number of people affected by Zika virus in Singapore, particularly those working in construction sites.

The Indian High Commission there said the Singapore government had informed it about the Indians being infected with Zika virus yesterday.

Foreign nationals including six Bangladeshis and 21 Chinese are also among the 115 confirmed Zika cases in Singapore.

In February, the World Health Organisation had declared Zika a public health emergency after women affected by it had given birth to children with microcephaly, a birth defect with small head size.

First Published On : Sep 1, 2016 14:25 IST

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