SINGAPORE (AP) _ Singapore has contained a mysterious virus blamed for the deaths of more than 70 people in neighboring Malaysia and one death in Singapore, the country's health minister said Sunday.

The small city-state has managed to control the spread of the encephalitis-causing virus mainly by banning the import of live pigs, which are believed to carry the disease, Health Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said in a Television Corporation of Singapore news report.

Singapore imposed the ban and closed its two slaughterhouses in mid-March to halt the spread of the brain inflammation disease that broke out in Malaysia, where the government has called in troops to destroy hundreds of thousands of pigs.

A Singapore man who worked in a slaughterhouse died of encephalitis last month. Seven more people were hospitalized with the illness, and have since improved or been discharged.