- Singapore’s Zika cases has increased to 82
- Based on report by Singapore’s Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency (NEA), 26 new local infections were confirmed
- Based on record, a great number of the initial cases involved foreign workers on a condominium project
The number of Zika cases in Singapore has now totaled to 82.
This was bared by Singapore’s Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency (NEA) further confirming 26 new local infections— the majority around the eastern Aljunied suburb where most of the other cases have been clustered, an article published by France 24 disclosed.
Based on record, a great number of the initial cases involved foreign workers on a condominium project.
As part of their continuous effort, the city-state has waged war on mosquitoes, with teams of NEA inspectors visiting homes to check for mosquito breeding sites while pest controllers have saturated affected estates with insecticide.
NEA reported that it had inspected 5,000 out of 6,000 homes in the affected cluster by Monday, destroying 39 breeding sites.
Residences that can be found with mosquito breeding sites can be fined of up to Sg$5,000 ($3,700).
Zika has been detected in 58 countries particularly Brazil. Its causes show only mild symptoms for most people, such as fever and a rashes.
However, Zika can cause microcephaly among pregnant women, a deformation in which babies are born with abnormally small brains and heads.
Usually, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water that collects in construction sites, open space and homes.
The first reported case of Zika in Singapore was recorded in May when a man who had visited Sao Paulo in Brazil was found positive of the virus.
To contain the spread of virus to other neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, strict monitoring of visitor arrivals from Singapore was implemented while Taiwan and Australia have earlier issued travel advisories warning against travel to the city-state.