Saturday, September 10, 2016

Singapore MOH Reports 14 New Zika Cases & Malaysia Reports 4th


Singapore's MOH has released their daily Zika update (Sept 10th), announcing 14 new cases detected over the past 24 hours, including a potentially new cluster.

       As of 12pm, 10 September, MOH has confirmed 14 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in Singapore. Of these, 7 cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster, one case is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster and one case is linked to the Bedok North Avenue 3 cluster.

2.    There is a potential new cluster involving one previously reported case and a new case today. They both live in the Jalan Raya/ Circuit Road area. The other four cases have no known links to any existing cluster.
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Meanwhile the Health Ministry for neighboring Malaysia has announced their 4th Zika case, the husband of their 3rd case announced earlier this week, who may have contracted the virus while working in Singapore.

Commission Press Release 10 September 2016 - Zika Current Situation in Malaysia

Ministry of Health (MOH) has received a report on the case to the 4th infection Zika on September 7, 2016. The patient was 25 years old and is married to a 3rd case of infection Zika who was pregnant and living in Taman Desa Harmoni, Johor Bharu. Patients only have symptoms a rash on 2 September 2016 and have no other symptoms, was confirmed by laboratory tests positive for Zika. The patient was admitted to a government hospital in Johor for examination and further investigation. MOH investigation showed the patient had to commute daily to work in Singapore. The patient had no other close contacts in addition to the mother-in-law and wife.

MOH has implemented vector control activities in the residential area and all the patients who had visited the patient in Johor. A total of 445 houses were inspected, 95 were carried out larvasiding premise, the premise was 203 and 870 thermal spraying is performed premises ULV spraying. Aedes breeding rate in the region shows the area still has a population of Aedes. Active Case Detection was carried out in residential locality in which the patients were not found anyone who has symptoms of Zika near the patient's home.

Up to 9 September 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika in the country is of four (4) cases. In addition, monitoring MOH also found from 1 September to 7 September 2016, there were 39 cases with symptoms and signs of Zika but all of them have a negative test result.
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