Friday, September 02, 2016

Singapore MOH: 38 Additional Zika Cases


Although its only been six days since Singapore announced their first locally acquired Zika case, intensive testing has revealed nearly 190 local cases.  

Today's announcement adds 38 cases, bringing their total to 189, and with no signs of slowing.

Singapore's tropical location, abundant local mosquito vectors, and extreme population density (#3rd in the world) all help to contribute to the virus's spread.

      As of 12pm, 2 September, MOH has confirmed 38 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in Singapore. Of these, 34 cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster. Four cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

Vector Control Update

2.    Vector control remains key to reducing the spread of the Zika virus. Premises owners should undertake vector control measures regularly, and ensure proper housekeeping within their premises at all times to remove potential mosquito breeding habitats. Residents also need to do their part to prevent mosquito breeding in their homes by doing the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout.  

3.    NEA has been continuing with vector control operations to control the Aedes mosquito population in Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive / Kallang Way / Paya Lebar Way. As of 1 September, 55 breeding habitats – comprising 30 in homes and 25 in common areas/other premises – have been detected and destroyed. Indoor spraying of insecticides, outdoor fogging, and oiling and flushing of drains are continuing. NEA has also worked through the Inter-Agency Dengue Task Force members to carry out vector control measures at their respective premises and assets, such as schools, construction sites, and expressway drains. NEA officers and grassroots volunteers have completed outreach efforts in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive, and are conducting outreach in the expanded cluster areas in Paya Lebar Way/Kallang Way.

4.    NEA has also conducted vector control operations and outreach efforts in Bedok North Avenue 3. As of 1 Sep, 19 breeding habitats – comprising 12 in homes and 7 in common areas/other premises – have been detected and destroyed. Mosquito control measures are ongoing.

5.    There will be community outreach activities over the coming two weekends across the island to urge all residents to join in the collective efforts in the fight against Zika by doing the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout, removing stagnant water and not littering.

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