Singapore confirms 26 more cases of locally transmitted Zika infection


SINGAPORE,   (Xinhua) — Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday confirmed 26 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection, bringing the total number of infected cases to 82.

Of the 26 newly reported cases, 17 of them live or work in Sims Drive and Aljunied Crescent, while five live or work in Kallang Way and Paya Lebar Way, north of the first detected area.

The health ministry on Tuesday also highlighted 111 individuals were tested negative over the last 24 hours.

MOH and the National Environment Agency (NEA) are investigating the remaining four cases for their links to the affected area.

NEA has inspected about 5,000 premises out of an estimated 6,000 premises in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive cluster to check for mosquito breeding, and also conducted ground checks in the vicinity as of Monday.

It is reported that 39 breeding habitats, comprising 23 in homes and 16 in common areas/other premises have been detected and destroyed.

Flyers have been distributed to raise general awareness of Zika virus and precautionary measures.

MOH also urged all pregnant women here with symptoms of Zika, such as fever and rash, as well as those with male partners who are Zika-positive to be tested for the virus. This is regardless of whether they have been to Zika-affected areas.

A total of 56 cases were confirmed in Singapore on Monday. The first case of locally transmitted Zika infection was reported on Aug. 27.