8 new Zika cases reported on Wednesday, bringing total to 341 cases

NEA officers pouring oil in drains while the Town Council has engaged contractors to fumigate the precinct of Bishan Street 12, a new Zika cluster, on Sept 7, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE - Eight new cases of Zika were reported on Wednesday (Sept 14), after a respite with no new cases reported on Tuesday.

This brings the total number of Zika cases here to 341 since August.

The Zika outbreak in Singapore started on Aug 27 with the first report of a locally transmitted case in the Aljunied Crescent area.

The other clusters are in Bedok North Avenue 3, Joo Seng Road, Bishan Street 12, Elite Terrace in Siglap, Ubi Avenue 1 and Circuit Road.

The Aljunied cluster has borne the brunt of the outbreak, with 273 reported cases as of 3pm on Wednesday - up from 269.

There are seven active Zika clusters in Singapore, detailed on the National Environment Agency's website: http://www.nea.gov.sg/zika-clusters

Daily updates on the number of Zika cases in Singapore are also provided on the website.

Members of the public are encouraged to carry out the five-step mozzie wipeout in order to prevent Zika-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

This includes changing water in vases and bowls and removing water from flower pot plates on alternate days, as well as turning over all water storage containers.

People should also loosen hardened soil to make sure it does not collect water. Those living in landed property should clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly.

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