New cluster at Ubi Crescent; 292 cases of Zika in Singapore

NEA officers checking for potential mosquito breeding sites at the Elite Terrace estate in Siglap on Sept 8, 2016.
NEA officers checking for potential mosquito breeding sites at the Elite Terrace estate in Siglap on Sept 8, 2016.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Another new potential cluster of Zika infection may be forming in the Ubi Crescent area, the authorities said on Thursday (Sept 8).

As of noon on Thursday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed nine new cases of locally transmitted Zika. With the new cases, the number of cases in Singapore has reached 292.

One more case was linked to Bishan Street 12, and one to Elite Terrace, which was highlighted as a potential cluster on Wednesday.

There are now three cases at Elite Terrace and four at Bishan Street 12.

Four were linked to the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive/Kallang Way/Paya Lebar Way cluster.

Two cases have no known links to any existing cluster, MOH said.

The ninth case is linked to the potential new cluster in Ubi Crescent. Including two earlier cases, there are now three linked to the industrial area in Eunos.

One of the cases in the cluster was reported on Wednesday and his work address was verified on Thursday, MOH said.

Vector control operations to eradicate the Aedes mosquito, which spreads both Zika and dengue, continued in affected areas.

They include Aljunied Crescent, Sims Drive, Paya Lebar Way, Kallang Way, Circuit Road, Geylang East Central, Geylang East Avenue 1, Bedok North Avenue, Joo Seng Road, Bishan Street 12 and Elite Terrace.

 

As of Wednesday, 166 breeding habitats have been found and destroyed in the cluster areas, of which 108 are from homes, and 58 from outdoor areas, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.

NEA will also be carrying out vector control operations and outreach efforts at Ubi Crescent.