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Potential new zika cluster in Bishan as number of cases rises to 275

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) confirmed that as of 12pm today (6 Sep(, 17 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in Singapore. Of these, 10 cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster.

The joint-statement further said that there is a potential new cluster involving one previously reported case and a new case today. They both live in the Bishan Street 12 area. The other six cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

NEA said that it will be carrying out vector control operations and outreach efforts at Bishan Street 12.

NEA has been continuing with vector control operations and outreach efforts in Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive / Paya Lebar Way / Kallang Way. NEA has also expanded operations and outreach efforts at the periphery of this cluster at Circuit Road, Geylang East Central, Geylang East Avenue 1.

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NEA said that as of 5 September, 65 breeding habitats – comprising 38 in homes and 27 in common areas/other premises – have been detected and destroyed.

It is also continuing with vector control operations and outreach efforts in Bedok North Avenue. As of 5 September, 67 breeding habitats – comprising 56 in homes and 11 in common areas/other premises – have been detected and destroyed. Mosquito control measures are ongoing.

Vector control operations and outreach efforts at Joo Seng Road are also ongoing. As of 5 September, two instances of breeding in common areas/other premises have been detected and destroyed.

The joint-statement said that vector control is key to reducing the transmission of Zika in the community, and that it will continue to work with stakeholders and the community to reduce mosquito breeding.

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