New Zika cluster at Flower Road and Hendry Close, near ongoing Simon Place cluster

The new cluster is at Flower Road/Hendry Close, close to the ongoing Simon Place cluster. The areas are near Kovan.
The new cluster is at Flower Road/Hendry Close, close to the ongoing Simon Place cluster. The areas are near Kovan.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
The new cluster is at Flower Road/Hendry Close, close to the ongoing Simon Place cluster. The areas are near Kovan.
The new cluster is at Flower Road/Hendry Close, close to the ongoing Simon Place cluster. The areas are near Kovan.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
NEA officers and pest control operators fumigating the vicinity of Simon Place after a case of Zika was reported.
NEA officers and pest control operators fumigating the vicinity of Simon Place after a case of Zika was reported.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Another new cluster for the Zika virus has formed, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday (April 6).

The new cluster is at Flower Road/Hendry Close, close to the ongoing Simon Place cluster. The areas are near Kovan.

Two cases of locally transmitted Zika virus were found there, NEA said. Both are residents in the vicinity.

Vector control operations are ongoing.

"Residents and stakeholders are urged to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats," the agency said.

 
 

There could still be undiagnosed cases which may result in further transmission of the virus, it added.

NEA said it has been conducting preventive inspections in the vicinity before the cluster was found.

Together with grassroots volunteers, outreach efforts are continuing in the vicinity of Flower Road/Hendry Close to distribute Zika information leaflets and insect repellents to households.

Most people infected with the Zika virus do not develop symptoms.

"This which heightens the risk of a Zika resurgence as it may take some time before a reintroduced Zika virus is detected," NEA said.

It urged vigilance by residents to prevent future localised transmission and advised members of the public to seek medical attention if they are unwell, especially if they have symptoms such as fever and rash.