Friday, September 2, 2016

Zika Arrives at our Doorstep

The Zika virus is already here in this part of the world.
 
Both our next door neighbors, Singapore and Thailand, are having their hands full coping with this scourge. 
 
On Wednesday, a total of 115 Zika infections have been confirmed in the former, including the first pregnant woman in the country to be diagnosed with the virus. Yesterday, the total number of locally transmitted Zika infections in Singapore shot up to 151 – including another pregnant woman.
 
In the latter country, 97 Zika cases were reported from January to the end of June 2016 – according to the Public Health Ministry.
 
And yesterday, the Malaysian Health Ministry announced the first suspected Zika case involving a 58-year-old woman in Klang, Selangor. This person is the mother of a female patient infected with the virus in Singapore.
 
There was no joy for Low Wee Wern as she again faltered.
 
She did not make it to the main draw of the China Open squash championships.  She had fallen to an 8-11, 5-11, 11-9 8-11 loss to Hong Kong’s Joey Chan in the qualifying finals in Shanghai, China on Wednesday.
 
A day before that, she needed 82 minutes to beat England’s Fiona Moverley in the first qualifying match.
 
Certainly, Low still has a lot of catching up to do. But let's keep faith with her!
 
Here's something to ponder:
 
 

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