Sunday, June 26, 2022

Lee Hsien Loong: Stop mosquito breeding, best way to stop zika

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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said  the best way to curb Zika is to stop mosquito breeding.

“Our best defence is to eradicate mosquitoes and destroy breeding habitats, all over Singapore. Do the five-step Mozzie Wipeout. Let’s all do our part to fight Zika, and dengue as well,” he said  in a Facebook last night.

Hsien Loong said, it was only a matter of time before the Aedes mosquito-borne virus reached Singapore.

“The cases so far have been in Aljunied and Bedok, but we must assume that Zika is elsewhere in Singapore too,” he wrote, adding that scientists are still learning about Zika

“But we know that for most people, it is mild, and in fact often causes no symptoms at all. Pregnant women are at risk, as they are with other viral infections like dengue and chicken pox. Do take precautions and get tested if you show symptoms.

His latest post was uploaded  a few hours before Ministry of Health  (MOH) latest update last night.

The spread of the Zika virus has widened to areas in the north and east, after single cases were found in Yishun, Upper Thomson and Simei, according to Straits Times.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday also revealed that a second pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the virus.

It said, 31 new infections were detected as of noon yesterday, and another five found through look-back testing, take the total number of locally transmitted Zika cases here to 151 – less than a week after the first case involving a Malaysian woman living in Aljunied was found. – Sarawakvoice.com

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