Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Singapore MOH Update : 24 New Cases & A New Cluster Location


While I've been offline due to a weather related power outage Singapore's MOH has posted another update, listing 24 new Zika cases detected, and identifying a new potential area of transmission (see approximate location in map above).
Today's announcement brings to 106 the number of cases announced since Saturday, no doubt due to aggressive testing of residents living around the known cases. 

I've only posted the highlights, so follow the link below to read the release in its entirety.

Potential Zika Cluster at Bedok North Ave 3 and First Case of Pregnant Woman Tested Positive

    News Highlights

        The Ministry of Health (MOH) has identified a potential cluster of Zika virus infection at the Bedok North Avenue 3 area. MOH was also notified today that a pregnant woman living in the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive area was tested positive for Zika virus infection.

2.     24 new cases were identified today. Of these, 22 were from the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Payar Lebar cluster. Two cases had no known links to the affected areas. One case lives at Joo Seng Road and the other at Punggol Way. Inaddition, nine cases were detected as a result of MOH’s look-back testing of previous cases.

3.     There is a potential cluster involving three previously reported cases. They are staying at the Bedok North Avenue 3 area. One of the cases works at the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive area while the other two cases had no known links.

4.     MOH was also notified that a pregnant woman living in the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive area was tested positive for the Zika virus today. Her doctor is following up closely with her to monitor her health and the development of her baby. She will be referred to a maternal-foetal medicine (MFM) specialist for counselling and advice.

5.     Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong said, “Over time, we expect Zika cases to emerge from more areas. We must work and plan on the basis that there is Zika transmission in other parts of Singapore and extend our vector control efforts beyond the current affected areas. All Singaporeans can play our part to prevent mosquito breeding.”

6.     Vector control remains the mainstay in reducing the spread of Zika. Our efforts will extend to other parts of Singapore. The National Environment Agency (NEA) will be stepping up its vector control efforts to wider areas.

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