Singapore Confirms Two New Zika Cases

Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said that two locally transmitted Zika virus infection cases have been confirmed at Parry Avenue.

The Zika cluster was notified on Tuesday, and vector control operations are being carried out, according to the NEA.

Residents and stakeholders are urged to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats, as there could still be asymptomatic or mild, undiagnosed cases which might result in further transmission of the virus if there are mosquitoes in the vicinity.

The NEA has been conducting preventive inspections in the vicinity before the cluster at Parry Avenue was notified to detect and destroy any potential mosquito breeding habitats.

Residents are requested to allow NEA officers to carry out inspections and indoor spraying of their homes. The NEA urges all residents and stakeholders to maintain vigilance and take immediate steps to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats.

Zika is a virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which could cause birth defects for pregnant women.

As of Friday afternoon, Singapore has recorded 37 reported Zika cases in 2017. (Xinhua)

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