Three new cases of Zika infections have been reported as of last week, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) on 20 April.

Two were reported in the Glasgow Road area, while the other was reported at the Nouvelle Park along Poh Huat Road West, expanding the original cluster in the area of Poh Huat Terrace/Terrasse Lane (Terrasse) which was first reported on 11 April.

Glasgow Road is adjacent to Flower Road, where previous Zika cases were reported earlier this month. The first cluster in the nearby area, at Simon Place, has been closed.

Control measures and outreach efforts implemented

Vector control operations and outreach efforts have been deployed to the new cluster. NEA also added that it had been conducting preventive inspections in the area.

The number of cases at the Flower Road and Hendry Close cluster remains at two, according to the NEA.

"Residents and stakeholders are urged to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats, 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," said an NEA spokesman.

Doctors should lookout for Zika patients

Members of the public were also advised to seek medical attention if they are unwell, especially with symptoms such as fever and rash. Doctors should also ask patients regarding the location of their residence and workplace if they encounter a possible Zika-infected patient.

Currently there are a total of 16 Zika cases reported in 2017. The first case of locally transmitted Zika infection in the country was reported on 27 August 2016, and a total of 17 expectant mothers were confirmed to have contracted Zika as of 17 December 2016.

There is also still no known preventive treatment against Zika despite various efforts to develop a vaccine. MIMS

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