Sin­ga­pore wages war on mos­qui­toes

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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

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