Singapore: 14 new Zika cases confirmed, total number reaches 355

The National Environment Agency will continue to carry out vector control operations and outreach efforts at all the potential clusters.

The total number of Zika virus cases in Singapore reached 355 with 14 newly confirmed cases being reported on Thursday.

According to the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's website, six of the 14 new cases are linked to the Aljunied cluster while three are from the Elite Terrace cluster.

Based on the updated information, the Ubi and Circuit Road clusters also saw a new case each. Rest of the cases has no known links to any of the existing clusters.

After a day of respite on Tuesday, the authorities confirmed eight cases of Zika infections on Wednesday with the latest being on Thursday.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) believes that the vector control operations play the key solution in reducing the spread of the Zika virus. Hence, the agency will continue to carry out vector control operations and outreach efforts at all the potential clusters like Aljunied Crescent, Sims Drive, Paya Lebar Way, Kallang Way, Bishan Street and other places.

It said the precaution methods are quite similar to its approach to dengue cases and urged the public to be very careful.

NEA along with the Ministry of Health will be providing daily updates via NEA's website and the members of the public can obtain updated information on Zika and details on current existing clusters from there.

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.

According to the World Health Organisation, people who are infected with Zika can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. The symptoms of Zika normally last for two to seven days.