New Zika cluster at Veerasamy Road; total reported cases in Singapore at 415

Today Online 20 Oct 16;

SINGAPORE — A new Zika cluster has been identified at Veerasamy Road in the Little India district, a day after the announced closure of the first and largest cluster at the Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive area.

As of Wednesday (Oct 19), two cases were reported at Blk 633, Veerasamy Road with both showing symptoms in the last two weeks, according to figures on the National Environment Agency (NEA) website.

This brings the total number of active Zika clusters in Singapore to three. The two others are located at Ubi Avenue 1 and Jalan Chengkak/Jalan Raya.

The total number of reported Zika cases is now at 415.


New Zika cluster identified at Veerasamy Road in Little India
Channel NewsAsia 19 Oct 16;

SINGAPORE: A new Zika cluster has been identified at Veerasamy Road in the Little India district, according to data on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) website on Wednesday (Oct 19).

As of Wednesday, two cases have been reported at Block 633, Veerasamy Road, with both showing symptoms in the last two weeks, the NEA said.

There are two other active clusters in the country, at Ubi Avenue 1 – with four cases reported – and Jalan Chengkak/Jalan Raya, with three cases reported so far. They were declared clusters on Oct 13 and Oct 17 respectively.

The identification of the new cluster comes a day after the first and biggest local Zika cluster – in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive area – was declared closed.

In its media release on Tuesday, NEA noted that sporadic cases continue to be reported in Singapore, indicating the presence of the Zika virus within the community. It added that it was keeping the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive area under close surveillance, and will continue to do so until Oct 31, three weeks after the date the cluster was closed.

Two new Zika cases were reported on Wednesday as of 3pm, bringing the total number of locally transmitted cases in Singapore to 415.

- CNA/mz

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