New Zika cluster in Hougang

New Zika cluster in Hougang
The new cluster is near Simon Place, where this year's first cluster of the mosquito-borne disease was found.
Photo: The Straits Times

A new Zika cluster of two cases has been confirmed at the Flower Road/Hendry Close area in Hougang - the second such cluster found in a fortnight.

The new cluster is near Simon Place, where this year's first cluster of the mosquito-borne disease was found.

In a statement yesterday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said both new cases are residents in the area, where mosquito control operations are ongoing.

It urged people living there to continue to remain vigilant and destroy any mosquito-breeding habitats that they find.

"There could still be asymptomatic or mild, undiagnosed cases, which might result in further transmission of the virus if there are mosquitoes in the vicinity," the statement said.

So far, there have been eight Zika cases reported this year.

Last week, the authorities revealed that two people from the same household at Simon Place had contracted the disease, forming this year's first cluster.

The NEA urged residents to allow its officers to carry out inspections and indoor spraying of their homes.

"Most people infected with the Zika virus do not develop symptoms, which heightens the risk of a Zika resurgence as it may take some time before a reintroduced Zika virus is detected," it said yesterday.

This article by The Straits Times was published in The New Paper, a free newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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