Singapore has confirmed 41 locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus, which can cause deformities in unborn babies, and says more infections are likely.

A day after announcing its first locally transmitted case, that of a 47-year-old female Malaysian resident, on Sunday the government reported 40 more – mostly foreign workers at a construction site.

All 41 are residents or workers in a particular suburban residential and industrial district, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said in a joint statement.

“They are not known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, and are thus likely to have been infected in Singapore,” the statement said.

“This confirms that local transmission of Zika virus infection has taken place.” Continue reading.