As of 21 June 2017, there is only one active Zika cluster in Singapore, with two cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection confirmed at Kensington Park Drive at Serangoon Gardens. Meanwhile, the cluster at Parry Avenue has closed and is currently under surveillance. For updated information on the number of reported cases and Zika clusters, visit www.nea.gov.sg/zika-clusters.
Do know that:
- The Singapore Government has a robust and well-tested system in place to deal with potential outbreaks of diseases.
- Zika is a mild disease, less serious than dengue. The majority of people infected will not show symptoms.
- Like dengue, mosquito control is key to minimising the spread of Zika. All of us need to play our part to minimise the spread of Zika.
- Singapore remains a safe destination for travellers. Currently, there is no travel restriction by World Health Organization (WHO) to Zika-affected countries.
What is the Zika virus?
[Also available in other languages]Zika virus infection is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. The Aedes mosquito is also a known carrier of the dengue and Chikungunya viruses.
Zika is generally a mild disease, less serious than dengue. It may cause a mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle or joint pain, and headache. The majority of people infected with Zika will not show symptoms.
However, Zika virus infection may sometimes cause microcephaly in a small number of unborn foetuses of pregnant women. Microcephaly is a congenital condition that manifests itself as birth defects in which a baby is born with significantly smaller heads than usual.
At the moment, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika infection. Treatment is solely focused on relieving the symptoms, and patients recover within 4 to 7 days. Those infected are advised to get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain with common painkillers.
MOH FAQs on Zika Virus
What you need to know about the Zika Virus
- Testing is not routinely recommended for pregnant women who do not have symptoms of Zika and whose male partners are not Zika-positive.
- If you are pregnant and have symptoms of Zika (fever, rash, red eyes, joint pain, etc.), or have male partners who are Zika positive, you should be tested for the Zika virus
- Testing for pregnant women as referred by their doctors and who meet the above criteria is free at public healthcare institutions.
- When a pregnant patient is confirmed to have Zika infection, she will be referred to a maternal-foetal medicine specialist for counselling and advice.
- A positive Zika test does not mean that the foetus is infected or harmed.
- If your male partner has or is at risk of Zika infection (e.g. living/ working/ studying in an affected area), he should practise safe sex (e.g. consistent and correct use of condoms during sex) or consider abstinence for the duration of the pregnancy.
- For more information, you can refer to MOH’s guidelines for pregnant women.
For the general population:
- Singaporeans with Zika symptoms will get subsidised testing at public healthcare institutions.
- If you develop symptoms of Zika (fever, rash, red eyes, joint pain, etc.), please seek medical attention and inform your doctor of the location of your residence and workplace.
- Do the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout to prevent mosquitoes from breeding at home.
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