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Singapore health ministry confirmed 14 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus on Friday which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 369.

The latest figures on the National Environment Agency's website shows four out of those 14 cases are linked to the Aljunied cluster which is the largest cluster in the country. 283 cases have been found from the Aljunied cluster.

The updated information on the website indicates that a new cluster has been reported in Sengkang, at Block 272C and Block 279C.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said the vector control operations play the key solution to reduce the spread of the Zika virus.

The agency will still continue with those operations and outreach efforts in all the cluster areas like Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive/Paya Lebar Way/Kallang Way/Circuit Road/Geylang East Central/Geylang East Avenue 1; Bedok North Avenue 2/Bedok North Avenue 3/Bedok North Street 3; Joo Seng Road; Bishan Street 12; Elite Terrace and Ubi Crescent, including the new reported clusters.

NEA already detected and destroyed many breeding habitats but it has urged the public to be careful and take necessary precautions as new clusters are still developing.

It said the precaution methods are quite similar to its approach to dengue cases.

The members of the public can obtain updated information on Zika and details on current existing clusters from NEA's website. The website will provide daily updates regarding the situation of Zika crisis.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947. It can be passed from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby.

The virus can cause birth defects and can also result in microcephaly in which the baby's head is smaller than expected. There is no vaccine for Zika at present.

While in cases of adults, Zika infections have been linked to a rare neurological syndrome known as Guillain-Barre and other neurological disorders as well.

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