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NEA Urges Vigilance As First Zika Cluster Of 2019 Reported At Hemsley Avenue

13 Sep 2019

NEA has commenced vector control operations and outreach activities at the cluster

Singapore, 13 September 2019 – Three cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in Singapore have been confirmed at Hemsley Avenue. All three cases are residents in the vicinity. The Zika cluster was notified on Friday, 13 September 2019. 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.

2          The Zika cluster is in close proximity to an 8-case dengue cluster at Bridport Ave / Cowdray Ave / Huddington Ave / Portchester Ave / Tavistock Ave, which was notified on 20 August 2019. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has commenced vector control operations in the area since the dengue cluster was notified. As of 13 Sep 2019, five breeding habitats in the dengue cluster area – comprising one in a home and four in common areas/other premises – have been detected and destroyed.

3          Indoor spraying of insecticides and outdoor misting have been carried out at the premises inspected. Thermal fogging will also be carried out in the outdoor areas to eradicate any adult mosquitoes.

4          NEA officers and community leaders will conduct outreach in the vicinity to distribute Zika information leaflets and insect repellents to households to raise general awareness of Zika, reiterate the need for source reduction to prevent mosquito breeding and advise residents to apply repellent as a precaution.

5          Residents are requested to allow NEA officers to carry out inspections and indoor spraying of their homes. Residents are reminded to practise the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout. NEA urges all residents and stakeholders to maintain vigilance and take immediate steps to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats. 

6          With the presence of the Aedes mosquito vector here, everyone must continue to maintain vigilance and play his part to prevent future localised transmission through eradicating mosquito breeding habitats in the neighbourhoods

7          Members of the public are advised to seek medical attention if they are unwell, especially with symptoms such as fever and rash. They should also inform their doctors of the location of their residence and workplace.

8          Updated information on Zika and details on current clusters can be obtained from NEA’s website.

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