The National Environment Agency (NEA) has confirmed yet another Zika cluster with two new cases of locally transmitted infection reported yesterday, this time at Highland Road and Jansen Close. Highland Road is located just adjacent to Flower Road, where Zika cases were previously reported.

Two separate cases were also recently reported. One case was reported on Monday at the Glasgow Road cluster, while the other was reported earlier this month in the Poh Huat Road West cluster, which encompasses Nouvelle Park, The Waterline, Poh Huat Terrace as well as Terasse Lane. Since the start of the year, there have been a total of 23 reported Zika cases in the country.

Vector-control operations ongoing at three active Zika clusters

There are currently three active Zika clusters in the country located around the same neighbourhood. While the cluster at Flower Road/Hendry Close has been closed and is being kept under surveillance, the other two clusters located at Glasgow Road and Poh Huat Road West/Poh Huat Terrace/Terrasse Lane are still active, according to the NEA.

A new Zika cluster has emerged in Highland Road and Jansen Close. Photo credit: Today Online/ NEA
A new Zika cluster has emerged in Highland Road and Jansen Close. Photo credit: Today Online/ NEA

While vector-control operations in other clusters are still ongoing, the NEA has also begun vector-control operations and outreach efforts with grassroots volunteers at the site of the new cluster. The agency has requested for residents to allow officers to conduct inspections as well as indoor spraying, and advised them to apply the insect repellent that were distributed as precaution.

Information leaflets on Zika were also distributed to residents to raise awareness of the infectious disease and to reinforce the importance of preventing mosquito breeding.

The agency announced that it has been conducting preventive inspections in the area before the cluster in Highland Road and Jansen Close emerged to identify and destroy any potential mosquito breeding sites or habitats.

Residents urged to practice five-step Mozzie Wipeout

Authorities from the NEA have urged residents and stakeholders to remain vigilant and continue to prevent and destroy mosquito breeding habitats through the five-step Mozzie Wipeout, as 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".

Though there are various efforts to develop a Zika vaccine, there is still no known treatment against the infection to date.

Though the NEA has highlighted that many people infected with Zika may remain asymptomatic, individuals who are unwell, particularly those with symptoms such as fever and rashes, have been advised to seek medical treatment and to inform their doctor on where they work and reside. MIMS

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