On Monday (12/9) Muslims around the world will celebrate the “Eid al-Adha” day to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command. In this day, affluent Muslims who can afford to sacrifice domestic animals such as cows and goats to be shared to their family, relatives, and most importantly to the poor and needy. While, for some, the festival’s rituals can seem a little barbaric it’s a chance to learn more about the fascinating and deep-rooted culture within the community.
In just one week, Zika cases in Singapore have gone from zero to 258,raising concerns about a potential rapid surge in cases across Asia. It’s not yet clear why Zika has spread so suddenly in Singapore, but many of the cases are thought to be locally-transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Philippines also confirmed on Monday its first case of the Zika virus this year and said it was highly likely it had been locally transmitted, and it expected more cases after stepping up surveillance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists Indonesia among Asian countries with possible endemic transmission of, or evidence of, local Zika infections, but authorities in the sprawling country of 250 million people have yet to report any recent infections.
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