Residents near Kovan warned about Zika

Two locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed at Simon Place.
Two locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed at Simon Place.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The first Zika cluster of the year was reported yesterday.

The cluster, in Simon Place, involved two locally transmitted cases from the same household.

Residents of the area, which is near Kovan in Hougang, have been informed to stay vigilant.

The authorities started vector control operations on Tuesday.

Zika, which affects the development of unborn babies, surfaced in Singapore last August. The last cluster, in Bedok North Street 3, was closed in December last year. It had seven cases.

As of yesterday, the National Environment Agency has inspected about 120 out of some 400 premises in Simon Place.

Ten breeding spots were detected and destroyed.

Six other isolated Zika cases have been reported this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2017, with the headline 'Residents near Kovan warned about Zika'. Print Edition | Subscribe