14 new cases of Zika in Singapore; potential new cluster at Jalan Raya, Circuit Road area

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito in a laboratory.
An Aedes Aegypti mosquito in a laboratory. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - There were 14 new cases of Zika in Singapore as of noon on Saturday (Sept 10), the Health Ministry said.

A potential new cluster was found at Jalan Raya/ Circuit Road area, involving one previously reported case and a new case from Saturday.

Seven of the new cases were found in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive/Kallang Way/Paya Lebar Way cluster.

One is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster and one case to the Bedok North Avenue 3 cluster.

Another four cases have no known links to existing clusters. This brings the total number of locally transmitted cases of Zika to 318.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) is continuing with vector control operations and outreach efforts in the cluster areas, including: Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Paya Lebar Way/ Kallang Way/ Circuit Road/ Geylang East Central/ Geylang East Avenue 1; Bedok North Avenue 2/ Bedok North Avenue 3/ Bedok North Street 3; Joo Seng Road; Bishan Street 12; Elite Terrace and Ubi Crescent.

As of Friday , a total of 194 breeding habitats had been found and destroyed in the cluster areas, of which 117 were in homes, and 77 in common areas or other premises.

 
 

Information on Zika and details on current clusters can be found at www.nea.gov.sg/zika and www.nea.gov.sg/zika-clusters.

NEA will also be carrying out vector control operations and outreach efforts at Jalan Raya/Circuit Road.

Meanwhile, Taiwan detected its seventh imported case of Zika, and the infected patient is a Singaporean woman who lives in Aljunied Crescent.

The 20-year-old and her friends were travelling in Japan from Aug 26 to Sept 3, said a press release from Taiwan's Centre for Disease Control (CDC) on Saturday.

Her symptoms, which included a rash, joint pain, headache and conjunctivitis, appeared on Sept 1, the CDC said.

When she entered Taiwan on Sept 3, she still showed the symptoms and was warded in hospital from Sept 4 to 5.

After testing, she was found to have Zika, and it is likely she contracted the virus in Singapore, the Taiwan authority said, adding that she will be isolated till Sept 12.