Singapore wages war on mosquitoes
SINGAPORE yesterday sent teams armed with protective suits, fogging machines and insecticide to wage war on mosquitoes after the discovery of dozens of Zika infections sparked alarm in the city-state.
Inspectors from the National Environment Agency checking for mosquito breeding sites visited homes in the suburban district where 41 cases – mostly foreign workers at a condominium construction project – were reported at the weekend.
Nearly all have recovered but five more suspected cases of Zika virus infection were reported yesterday by a clinic, local media said.
The five were undergoing further tests at the Communicable Diseases Centre.
Singapore, despite the highest healthcare standards in Southeast Asia, is a densely populated tropical island with frequent rain.
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water that collects in construction areas,
open space and homes.
It is also one of Asia’s cleanest cities but has a chronic problem with dengue fever, which is spread by the same Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the Zika virus.
Zika causes only mild symptoms for most people, such as fever and a rash, and has been detected in 58 countries particularly Brazil.
But in pregnant women, it can cause microcephaly, a deformation in which babies are born with abnormally small brains and heads.
Neighbouring countries took steps to prevent the spread of the disease from Singapore.
Taiwan issued a travel advisory, urging travellers to watch out for mosquito bites and cautioning pregnant women to postpone trips.
Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have also said health officers will closely monitor arrivals from Singapore, which was visited by 15 million people in 2015. –
Workers spray the housing estate at Aljunied Crescent in Singapore where most of foreign workers, were located.
the reported 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections, most of them