According to Senior Minister of State for Health, Amy Khor, the Zika virus cannot be eradicated and will become something every Singaporean will expect to pop up from time to time.

This bad news comes as Singaporeans continue to struggle to uplift their birthrate to replacement levels.

Khor stated yesterday that with failure to curb the population of the Aedes mosquito here, the high population density of residents in Singapore and the lack of symptoms displayed for Zika, Singaporeans should not find it “surprising” that Zika cases will appear from time to time.

“We do expect that we will continue to have Zika virus cases over time, just like dengue,” she said.

She also stated that the government is reviewing whether to allow patients who contract Zika to stay at home if they use insect repellent and take other precautions. This is similar to how the government treats dengue patients.

The total number of Zika cases has hit 242 as of today.

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