Thursday, 1 September 2016

Travel updates to Singapore amid Zika fears

Update 23 Jan 2017: 458 cases of Zika infection reported in 2016

Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong stated that as of 31 Dec 2016, 458 Zika cases have been reported to the Ministry of Health (MOH) since the first discovered case of Zika infection in August last year.

This was one of his answers to the questions filed by Mr Ang Wei Neng, MP for Jurong GRC, who asked the Minister for Health whether he can provide an update on the spread of the Zika virus in Singapore, how many new Zika cases have been reported in November and December 2016, how many of these cases are of pregnant women, and what is the total number of pregnant women infected by the Zika virus in Singapore and of these, how many have given birth and whether any of these babies have birth defects.

The Minister said that the incidence of new reported cases has been on the decline. 12 cases were reported in November and 4 cases were reported in December. "In comparison, 283 cases and 43 cases were reported in September and October respectively," he noted.

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Tracking of Zika Cases and After-Effects

As at 31 Dec 2016, 458 Zika cases have been reported to the Ministry of Health.  The incidence of new reported cases has been on the decline.  12 cases were reported in November and 4 cases were reported in Dec.  In comparison, 283 cases and 43 cases were reported in September and October respectively.

As of 31 Dec 2016, a total of 17 pregnant women have been diagnosed with Zika and reported to MOH.  Four of the women have since given birth, and their babies show no signs of abnormalities thus far.  One had a miscarriage for reasons not linked to Zika while two pregnancies were terminated for personal reasons.  As the two foetuses were at early gestation, it is not possible to determine whether there will be Zika-related abnormalities.  The remaining 10 cases are in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters and their babies will be monitored over 3 years as part of the monitoring programme.  There is currently no obvious evidence to show that there are any Zika-related abnormalities.

MOH has put in place a programme to monitor infants whose mothers were exposed to the Zika virus during their pregnancies.  We will track their development until they are three years old. Given the presence of the Aedes mosquito here in Singapore, we are likely to continue to have Zika cases in Singapore.  Some of these cases may be undiagnosed as the infection may result in mild or even no symptoms.  I urge fellow Singaporeans to remain vigilant, and to do our part to prevent mosquito breeding so as to protect ourselves and our loved ones.


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Singapore Confirms Zika Spread; Some Countries Issue Travel Warnings
Residents walk to work past a public service announcement banner against the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, a carrier for the Zika virus, at a residential block at Aljunied Crescent neighbourhood in Singapore on August 29, 2016. Credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN, AFP, Getty Images

The number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 on Tuesday, with some of the latest infections detected beyond the area of the initial outbreak.


Several countries advised pregnant women or those trying to conceive to avoid traveling to the city-state.


The mosquito-borne Zika virus was detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas. It poses a risk to pregnant women as it can cause severe birth defects. It has been linked in Brazil to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains.


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Johor: All vehicles entering Malaysia to be sprayed with repellent

According to the Johor Health Department, all vehicles entering Malaysia from Singapore will have be sprayed with mosquito repellent in their latest anti-Zika precautionary move.

Johor Health Department: “The vehicles we are referring to include lorries, public buses, school buses, private cars and trains. This is to ensure that no mosquitoes with the virus are brought into the country via the vehicles.”

In addition, the local authority is stepping up on cleanliness of places in Johor frequented by Singaporeans like restaurants and markets. Singaporeans who have a body temperature of 37 degrees and higher will be barred from entering Malaysia.

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Johor to tighten control at six entry points to combat zika virus

The Johor government is stepping up control at six entry points in the state as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of zika virus into the country.

State Health and Environment Committee chairperson, Ayub Rahmat, said the six entry points were the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex in Tanjung Kupang, Johor Port in Pasir Gudang, Tanjung Pelepas in Gelang Patah, Puteri Harbour Ferry Terminal in Iskandar Puteri and the Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal.

"Control at the six points of entry will be tightened through screening of visitors and Malaysian citizens coming from Singapore by using thermal scanners to stop those with body temperature above 37 degrees Celsius from entering the country," he said.

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Thermal screening for travellers entering Johor by bus from Singapore
Malaysia said that travellers entering Johor by bus from Singapore will go through thermal screening for the Zika virus. FOTO: ST FILE

Malaysian Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said on Mon (Aug 29) that travellers who enter Johor by bus from S'pore will go through thermal screening for the Zika virus at the checkpoints.

Those who cross the border via vehicles such as cars, taxis & motorcycles, or trains will not go through thermal scanning. Instead, they will be given a pamphlet on the symptoms of the Zika virus & be asked to report to the Malaysian authorities if they exhibit symptoms, said Datuk Seri Subramaniam.

Symptoms include fever, skin rash and conjunctivitis.

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4 countries warn its citizens against travelling to Singapore

UK, Australia, Taiwan and South Korea have issued warnings about the recent Zika outbreak in Singapore.


Australia issued a travel update urging its citizens to protect themselves from mosquito bites when travelling to Singapore.


With the “ongoing transmission of Zika virus” in Singapore, travellers to the city-state should take additional measures advised by health authorities, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an update on its website.


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UK, Australia Issue Travel Advisories For Singapore After Zika Outbreak
Several countries have issued warnings to their citizens regarding traveling to Singapore, where a recent outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported. Expectant mothers are advised to take all necessary precautions to avoid contracting the infection.  (Kevin Frayer | Getty Images)

Several countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea and Taiwan have issued advisories to their citizens against traveling to Singapore after a recent outbreak of the Zika virus in the Asian city-state.


Singaporean health officials announced on Aug. 29 that the number of locally transmitted Zika cases in the city has now reached 56 with the addition of 15 new cases.


The advisories warn expectant mothers and women who are planning to get pregnant to exercise all precautionary measures to avoid contracting the Zika virus when visiting Singapore. They are also advised to forgo any travel plans to the city-state, especially when it is not considered essential.


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UK, Australia, Taiwan issue travel updates to Singapore amid Zika fears
Thermal fogging being conducted in the vicinity of Block 51, Sims Drive, on Aug 29, 2016. ST FOTO: LIM YAO HUI

Several governments have issued travel advisories urging its citizens to take precautions should they have plans to travel to S'pore, which finds itself battling the Zika virus after the 1st locally transmitted case was reported last Sat (Aug 27).


Since then, the total number of locally infected cases has risen to 56, with the authorities warning of more cases likely to be uncovered in the coming days.


The United Kingdom, Australia and Taiwan have all reminded travellers of the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus, while Malaysia has introduced thermal scanning for those entering Johor by bus at the land checkpoints.


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Singapore travel alert amid Zika threat

Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday issued a travel alert for Singapore based on the latest reports on the transmission of the Zika virus there.


As of Aug. 28, the number of confirmed infections of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Singapore was 41, the CDC said, citing data provided by that country's health authorities.


The cases were all confined to the Aljunied Crescent and Sims Drive areas in the city state, with 34 of them having recovered and seven still hospitalized, the CDC said.


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Australia, Taiwan, South Korea issue travel warnings for Singapore


Australia, Taiwan and South Korea advised pregnant women and those attempting to get pregnant to avoid travel to Singapore after an outbreak of the Zika virus infected more than 50 people in the city-state.


The outbreak and the warnings come as a potential blow to tourism in one of the world's busiest travel hubs, which is already struggling to recover from a slump amid tepid global growth.


Singapore reported its first case of locally-transmitted Zika at the weekend, and the number of reported infections of the mosquito-borne virus has since jumped to 56. At least three dozen of those have since made a full recovery.


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Singapore confirms Zika spread; U.S. and other countries issue travel warnings

A worker sprays insecticide along the perimeter of a construction site in Singapore

Confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 on Tuesday, as the United States joined a growing list of countries warning pregnant women or those trying to get pregnant to avoid travel to the city-state.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has caused explosive outbreaks in the Americas and the Caribbean since late last year, poses a particular risk to pregnant women because it can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.


On Tuesday, the United States warned pregnant women not to travel to Singapore, joining Australia, Taiwan and South Korea.


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UK, Australia and Taiwan issue travel advisories for Singapore as Zika cases rise

Zika cases in Singapore force countries to issue travel advisories Zika cases in Singapore force countries to issue travel advisories

Countries including the U.K., Australia and Taiwan have issued travel advisories for tourists to Singapore after the city-state announced a further increase in Zika cases.

Singapore's Ministry of Health confirmed 15 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus on Monday, bringing the total number of affected to 56.


The new cases involved people who live or work in the Sims Drive and Aljunied Crescent area, and were detected from testings of potentially infected persons, according to a government statement.


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Three Countries Issue Travel Warnings for Singapore Over Zika

A worker mists the common area of a public housing estate with insecticide, near the vicinity where locally transmitted Zika cases were discovered in Singapore Aug. 30, 2016

Australia, Taiwan, and South Korea advised pregnant women and those attempting to get pregnant to avoid travel to Singapore after an outbreak of the Zika virus infected more than 50 people in the city-state.


The outbreak and the warnings come as a potential blow to tourism in one of the world’s busiest travel hubs, which is already struggling to recover from a slump amid tepid global growth.


Singapore reported its first case of locally-transmitted Zika at the weekend, and the number of reported infections of the mosquito-borne virus has since jumped to 56. At least three dozen of those have since made a full recovery.


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Officials play down Zika outbreak fears
Singapore neighbours including Indonesia (above) are testing arrivals from the island state for the Zika virus upon arrival (Reuters photo)

Public health authorities have played down fears of a Zika virus outbreak in Thailand following a rise in infections in Singapore. Zika infection cases in Singapore were reported Wednesday to have surged.

Zika infection cases in Singapore were reported Wednesday to have surged to 82. The United States, Australia, South Korea and Taiwan have warned pregnant women not to travel to Singapore.

While there have been several transmissions of the disease in Thailand, there have been no serious outbreaks, said Apichai Mongkol, director-general of the Department of Medical Sciences.

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ZIKA VIRUS ADVISORY FOR FILIPINO NATIONALS IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Government, through the Ministry of Health (MOH) has recently confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection particularly in the Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive area.


In this regard, the Philippine Embassy urges Filipino Nationals to take all precautionary measures to minimize the risk of being infected with the Zika virus. Per advice of the MOH, the following should be observed:


Those living in the affected areas especially pregnant women, should monitor their health. They should seek medical attention if they are unwell, especially with symptoms of fever and rash. Pregnant women should adopt strict mosquito precaution if travelling to affected areas;


Sexual partners of pregnant women should practice safe sex or consider abstinence throughout the women’s pregnancy; 


To cooperate with the efforts of the National Environment Agency, especially in the conduct of inspections fogging and public education outreach; and


To regularly check the Singapore government’s webpage on Zika for latest health advisories.


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Foreign travel advice - Singapore


Some mosquito-born diseases are endemic, in particular Dengue fever. Singapore’s first cases of locally transmitted Zika virus were confirmed in August 2016.


You should discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. See Health


Around 450,000 British tourists visit Singapore every year. Most visits are trouble-free.


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Zika turns food centres into 'ghost towns'
WORRYING: All was unnaturally quiet at Sims Vista Market and Food Centre yesterday afternoon.TNP PHOTO: JEREMY LONG

A tiny but potentially lethal insect has come between Singaporeans and their love of food, turning what used to be bustling food centres into almost "ghost towns".

The fear of contracting Zika, which, like dengue fever, is spread by the Aedes mosquito, is keeping the lunch crowd away from the Sims Drive and Aljunied Crescent area.

This is where most of the cases of Zika infection have been concentrated, with 26 more cases confirmed as of noon yesterday.

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Zika erupts in Singapore: how we made it worse than it might otherwise have been


‘Cover up!’ screamed the immediate reaction I noticed on social media. The Health ministry had just announced that they have found 41 cases of Zika infection, barely 24 hours after they said that there was one confirmed case (on Saturday 27 August 2016). How can the number jump so fast without them knowing about these other cases earlier — was the implication behind the shouting headlines. They must be hiding facts from the public!


The accusation is not fair.


The bits and pieces of information released thus far indicate a somewhat flat-footed ministry, but not one that is consciously withholding important information from the public. It is not at all like the Transport ministry concealing for several years the fact that about 35 train sets had dangerous defects, and that 26 of them needed to be sent back to China for overhaul. Unfortunately, this is how impressions are formed. All it takes is for a few government departments to be caught redhanded for trust in government as a whole to suffer.


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Zika Worsens in Singapore, and U.S. Experts Are Worried
Workers prepare to spray insecticide to combat the spread of the Zika virus in Recife, Brazil, on Feb. 3, ahead of Carnival. The city expects more than a million visitors for the celebration

Singapore's outbreak of Zika is worsening fast and U.S. health official say they are worried.

Singapore, a city-state about two-thirds the size of Washington, D.C., has 115 confirmed cases of the viral infection spread by local mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added Singapore to its list of Zika-affected countries that pregnant women should avoid.

The U.S. now has 47 home-grown cases, all in Florida. Florida health officials added one more case to the count Wednesday.

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Zika: Symptoms, Treatment, & Prevention

In the case of the Zika virus, prevention is better than cure. There is currently no vaccine or cure against the virus, hence, clinical management is targeted at symptoms control during the acute infection.

The screening method for Zika virus is developed from the current test for chikungunya fever and dengue.

In Singapore, anyone who has travelled to Zika-affected areas and returned with a confirmed infection will be hospitalised until tests confirm that the virus is no longer present in the blood.

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Total number of Zika case as of Friday: 387

16 pregnant women in Singapore have been infected with the Zika virus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed on Friday (Sep 23). The update is double that of the last publicly known figure.

When Health Minister Gan Kim Yong addressed concerns about the virus in a statement in Parliament on Sep 13, he said that there were 8 pregnant women among the 333 persons who tested positive for Zika in S'pore.

Responding to media queries on Friday night, the MOH said that 658 Zika tests were conducted between Sep 7 and Sep 17, of which 197 were for pregnant and or symptomatic individuals who required the test.

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Only one case confirmed of Zika virus infection, bringing the total number to 384

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has stated that as of 21 September, 3 pm, there was one new case of Zika virus infection, bringing the total number to 384 cases.

Currently, there are nine active clusters of Zika virus infection:
  • 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
  • Ubi Crescent
  • Jalan Raya/Circuit Road
  • Sengkang Ctrl/ Sengkang East Ave
  • Hougang Ave 7 (Blk 325)

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381 Zika cases as of Sept 19; new potential cluster in Hougang
Thermal fogging being done at 56 Sims Drive on Sept 4, 2016.ST FOTO: LIM YAOHUI

There were 12 new Zika cases reported in Singapore from Saturday to Monday (Sep 17 to 19), bringing the total number to 381 since the start of the outbreak on Aug 27.

2 cases were detected in a new cluster: Hougang Avenue 7.

3 new cases were in the initial cluster in Aljunied, which has reported 286 cases so far.

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New Zika cluster in Sengkang, as local cases hit 369

14 new cases of Zika were confirmed as at 3pm on Friday (Sept 16), bringing the total number of locally transmitted cases to 369.

A new cluster at the Sengkang Central/Sengkang East Avenue area has also been reported, with two cases at Block 272C and Block 279C in the last two weeks, according to an update on the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) Zika webpage.

This brings the total number of clusters to eight: 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; Ubi Crescent; Jalan Raya / Circuit Road; and Sengkang Central / Sengkang East Avenue.

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Zika update: 14 new cases confirmed, bringing total to 355

There were 14 new Zika cases confirmed as at 3pm on Thursday (Sep 15), according to an update posted on the National Environment Agency’s Zika webpage.

This brings the total number of cases to 355.

The number of clusters stays at 7: 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; Ubi Crescent; and Jalan Raya / Circuit Road.

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8 new Zika cases; 341 cases confirmed in total

8 new Zika cases were confirmed as at 3pm on Wed (Sep 14), bringing the total number of cases to 341.

There are 7 Zika clusters now, and these are at 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; Ubi Crescent and Jalan Raya/Circuit Road.

On Tuesday, there were no new cases discovered, the first time since Aug 27.

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Zika cases in Singapore reach 333

Another 4 cases of Zika were confirmed as of 12pm on Monday (Sep 12), bringing the total number of locally transmitted cases in Singapore to 333.

The authorities provided this updated figure on the National Environment Agency’s website late Monday night.

As of Monday, it no longer issued daily advisories breaking down the numbers.

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Eight pregnant women among 329 infected by Zika in Singapore: government
A pregnant couple walk together at a potential zika cluster in Singapore September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Eight pregnant women have been infected by the Zika virus among the 329 cases in Singapore, the government said on Sunday.

Doctors are providing close support and counseling, the Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency said in a joint statement.

On Sunday, the government confirmed 11 new cases of locally-transmitted Zika.

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Eight cases of pregnant women in S'pore with Zika; 329 cases confirmed in total

There are now 8 confirmed cases of pregnant women infected with Zika in Singapore, up from 2 cases on Sep 1, the last time the authorities reported that a pregnant woman was infected.

“Their doctors are following up closely with them to provide support and counselling,” the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Sunday (Sep 11).

As of noon on Sunday, 11 new Zika cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of locally transmitted cases to 329.

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Zika cases now 318; potential new cluster at Jalan Raya/Circuit Road area

The number of locally-transmitted Zika cases is now at 318, with 14 new cases confirmed as of 12pm on Saturday (Sept 10).

There is a potential new cluster at the Jalan Raya/ Circuit Road area involving one previously reported case and a new case. Both patients live in the area.

Of the other new cases, seven are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster, one is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster and one is linked to the Bedok North Avenue 3 cluster.

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Zika infections rise to 304 in Singapore


Twelve new cases of the locally transmitted Zika virus infection have brought the total number of infections in Singaporeto 304, it was announced on Friday.

The Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement that among these newly reported cases, 10 cases are linked to the the main cluster spanning Aljunied Crescent, Sims Drive, Kallang Way and Paya Lebar Way while one case is linked to the Elite Terrace cluster, Xinhua news agency reported.

The other new case has no known links to any existing cluster.


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Total number of Zika infections in Singapore rises to 304

Singapore confirmed 12 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection on Friday, bringing the total number of Zika infections in the city state to 304, the Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency (NEA) said.

The health ministry said among these newly reported cases, 10 cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive/Kallang Way/Paya Lebar Way cluster and one case is linked to the Elite Terrace cluster.

The other new case has no known links to any existing cluster.

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Number of Zika cases nears 300, potential new cluster in Ubi Crescent


There were 9 new cases of locally transmitted Zika infections recorded as of noon on Thursday (Sept 8), bringing the total number to 292, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) & the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a statement. 



In addition, there is a potential new cluster in the Ubi Crescent area. involving 2 previously reported cases and a new one. 

Of the new cases, aside from the one in Ubi Crescent, four are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive/Kallang Way/Paya Lebar Way cluster, one is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster, and another is linked to the cluster in Elite Terrace in Siglap. 


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Zika cases rise to 292 in Singapore; potential new cluster at Ubi Crescent

9 new cases of locally transmitted Zika were confirmed on Thursday (Sep 8), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 292, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement.

The authorities added that there is a potential new cluster involving two previously reported cases and a new case, all of whom work in the Ubi Crescent area. One of the previously unlinked cases in the cluster was reported on Sep 7, and his work address was verified on Thursday.

Of the other new cases, authorities said four cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster; one is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster; and another case is linked to the Elite Terrace cluster.


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Singapore Zika cases hit 283; potential new cluster Elite Terrace

8 new cases of locally transmitted Zika were confirmed on Wednesday (Sep 7), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Singapore to 283. Authorities added that there is a potential new cluster in the Elite Terrace area at Siglap, involving a previously reported case & a new case today.

In a joint statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) added that, of the 8 new cases, two are linked to the Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive / Kallang Way / Paya Lebar Way cluster, and one is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster. The other four cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

NEA said that it will continue with vector control operations in the cluster areas at Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Paya Lebar Way/ Kallang Way/ Circuit Road/ Geylang East Central/ Geylang East Avenue 1, as well as cluster areas at Bedok North Avenue, Joo Seng Road, and Bishan Street 12. It will also be carrying out vector control operations and outreach efforts at the potential new cluster at Elite Terrace.

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Total number of Zika infections in Singapore increases to 283

Singapore confirmed eight new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection as of Wednesday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) in a joint statement.

Wednesday's update brings the total number of Zika infections in Singapore to 283. The ministry said among these newly reported cases, two cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster, and one case is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster.

There is a potential new cluster involving one previously reported case and a new case on Wednesday, according to the joint statement. They both live in the Elite Terrace area. The other four cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

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Singapore Zika cases hit 275; new potential cluster at Bishan found
NEA said it will be carrying out vector control operations and outreach efforts at the new potential cluster at Bishan Street 12

17 new cases of locally transmitted Zika were confirmed on Tuesday (Sep 6), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Singapore to 275. Authorities added that there is a potential new cluster at Bishan Street 12, involving a previously reported case and a new case today.

In a joint statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) added that, of the 17 new cases, 10 are linked to the Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive / Kallang Way / Paya Lebar Way cluster.

Apart from the Bishan Street 12 case, the other six cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

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Potential new Zika cluster in Joo Seng; total number of cases up to 242

A new potential Zika cluster in the Joo Seng Road area has been identified, in the latest update from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (Sep 4).

MOH also reported twenty-seven new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection here as of noon on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 242.

Of these, 25 cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster.

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Zika cases in Singapore top 200

There are 26 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Singapore, authorities said on Saturday (Sep 3), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 215.

In a joint statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) said 24 of the new cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive/Kallang Way/Paya Lebar Way cluster.


They added that two cases have no known links to any existing cluster, but did not specify where these cases were located.

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Zika Count Rises to 189 in Singapore
Miami-Dade mosquito control worker Carlos Vargas looks for the Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae at a home in Miami, Florida, on June 8. Of the 40 different types of mosquito found in Miami-Dade, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, or yellow fever mosquito, is responsible for transmitting diseases such as the Zika virus. Rhona Wise / AFP - Getty Images

Singapore reported another big batch of Zika virus cases Friday, bringing its total count in just a week to 189, and World Health Organization officials said the spread of the virus definitely still constitutes a global health emergency.

Zika's apparent quick spread out of Latin America back to Asia and Africa has WHO officials worried. They have no idea if the virus will spread as explosively as it has in the Americas, and they cannot predict if it will cause a fresh wave of birth defects and side-effects such as the paralyzing Guillain-Barré syndrome.

They don't even know if they can keep track of it if it spreads into countries with poor healthcare systems and little facility to test people for the virus.

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Another 38 cases of Zika virus infection confirmed, total confirmed cases now 189
Fogging at Blk 120 Paya Lebar Way (Source : Limkevo Instagram account)

Ministry of Health (MOH) has just issued a press release which states that as of 12 pm of 2 September, another 38 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection found in Singapore, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 189.

Among the new cases, 34 cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster, while the other four cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

NEA states that vector control remains the key to control the disease, systematic and holistic approach through surveillance, prevention and control, outbreak management and outreach to arrest mosquito borne transmission in Singapore. Its objective is to keep mosquito borne disease incidence low through reducing the mosquito population and breaking the disease transmission chain.

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24-year-old pregnant woman diagnosed with both dengue and zika as zika count rises to 189

TODAY newspaper reported that a pregnant woman in Singapore has been diagnosed with both Zika and dengue infections. It is unclear if she is among the two pregnant women Ministry of Health identified in its earlier press release. The 24-year-old entrepreneur received her Zika test result on Sep 1, and the doctor told her she had probably caught the virus a week ago.

Test show that the baby was developing normally, but she would have to be tested again for any abnormal foetal development four weeks later. The mother os a child, the woman intends to follow through with her pregnancy.

The newspaper reported: “although she has been diagnosed with Zika, her family members have not been offered testing for Zika. Her two-year-old son, however, has been running a fever which subsided after taking paracetamol. She said she would take him to the doctor’s if his fever spikes again…Recounting the past week’s events to TODAY, Mary said that her Zika diagnosis was rather “unexpected”. She had taken precautions, such as dousing herself and her son in mosquito repellent, for the past few weeks.”

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Singapore cases rise to 151 and Malaysia logs its first
A pest control worker fumigates the grounds of a residential estate in the Bedok North area of Singapore on Thursday. Singapore's Zika outbreak escalated after Malaysia said one of its citizens returned infected from the city-state as the government expanded its fumigation drive to a new area identified as a potential cluster for the virus. | AFP-JIJI

Singapore authorities meanwhile said Thursday that a second woman has been confirmed to be infected with the Zika virus as the total number of people infected so far rose by 36 to 151.

Three of the new cases were in other parts of Singapore away from the original cluster that affected the Aljunied Crescent and Sims Drive areas in the central eastern part of Singapore.

One case in Harvey Crescent is nearer to Changi Airport.

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38 new local Zika cases confirmed Friday, bringing total to 189
38 new Zika cases reported on Friday, bringing total to 189
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38 new Zika cases reported on Friday, bringing total to 189
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