29 Mar '17, 9pm

First Zika cluster of 2017 reported in Simon Place

First Zika cluster of 2017 reported in Simon Place

Two locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Simon Place, near Kovan in Hougang. Both are from the same household. The Health Ministry yesterday declined to reveal details of the two, but The Straits Times understands that neither person is pregnant. The cluster is the first reported this year. There have been six other isolated cases this year. A cluster is formed when at least two cases occur within 14 days and are located within 150m of each other. Residents have been urged to remain vigilant in detecting mosquito breeding spots, as most people infected with Zika do not develop symptoms, so it may take some time before the virus is detected. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries diseases such as dengue and chikungunya. Singapore's first locally transmitted case was detected in August last year, while the last clu...

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