Singapore must assume Zika is elsewhere too, aside from Aljunied and Bedok: PM Lee

Singapore must assume Zika is elsewhere too, aside from Aljunied and Bedok: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned that Singapore "must assume Zika is elsewhere in (the country)" as well, even as authorities tackle the cases that have been confirmed in Aljunied and Bedok.

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned that Singapore "must assume Zika is elsewhere in (the country)" as well, even as authorities tackle the 115 cases that have been confirmed in Aljunied and Bedok.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (Sep 1), Mr Lee wrote: "The cases so far have been in Aljunied and Bedok, but we must assume that Zika is elsewhere in Singapore too."

The Prime Minister said: "We have been tracking Zika for a while now, and knew it was only a matter of time before it reached Singapore."

He added that scientists are still learning about this new disease. "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.

"Our best defence is to eradicate mosquitos and destroy breeding habitats, all over Singapore. Do the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout. Let's all do our part to fight Zika, and dengue as well."


(Infographic: gov.sg)

Source: CNA/dt

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