Singapore confirms 3 new Zika cases

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-26 21:24:45|Editor: Zhou Xin
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SINGAPORE, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Three cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection have been confirmed in Singapore, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday.

The new cluster at Serangoon North Avenue 1 was notified on Wednesday, and the NEA has commenced vector control operations in the area.

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

Health authorities have been conducting preventive inspections in the vicinity before the new cluster 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.

The NEA confirmed two Zika cases on June 21. By now, Singapore has recorded 42 Zika cases in 2017.