Two women who were diagnosed with Zika while pregnant have given birth, and their babies have no signs of microcephaly, a birth defect linked to the virus. The mothers have also recovered from Zika.
To date, there are no reported cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) told The Straits Times.
The defect is marked by babies having small heads that can lead to severe developmental problems. As of Nov 1, 17 pregnant women were confirmed to have Zika, an MOH spokesman said.
“Their doctors are following up closely with them to provide support and counselling,” she added.
The family of a third woman found to have Zika during her pregnancy said her unborn baby’s development has been healthy so far.
MOH is exploring plans to set up a national surveillance programme to monitor the development of babies born to pregnant women with Zika.
Still, pregnant women here are not taking any risks.
Ms Christine Koh, now 26 weeks pregnant, armed herself with mosquito patches, repellents and air diffusers, after the Zika outbreak here was first reported in late August.
Over two months on, the housewife, who lives in Telok Kurau, a frequent dengue cluster, still does so. She also ensures her home has no stagnant water, a breeding site for the Aedes mosquito which can spread Zika and dengue.
“Since the wet season is here, we may expect more mosquitoes. It’s better for me to keep up with the measures I have adopted. They give me peace of mind,” Ms Koh, 31, said. She is due to give birth in February.