A health worker sprays substances to kill mosquitoes in Singapore. (Source: straitstimes.com)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore has announced that a new Zika cluster was detected at Flower Road/Hendry Close, nearing to the North-East Region.

The agency urged local residents and stakeholders to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats to prevent the spread of the virus.

There could still be undiagnosed cases which may result in further transmission of the virus, it added.

Last month, two cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection were confirmed by the Health Ministry of Singapore.

First discovered in Africa, Zika virus has spread to Asia and Latin America, triggering the largest outbreak so far. As many as 73 countries and territories across the world reported people with the disease, with Latin America being the most affected area, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).  

Zika virus is mainly transmitted through the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also carries dengue fever. The virus causes only mild symptoms in most cases, including fever, sore eyes and a rash. But pregnant women infected with the virus risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly - a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.

Currently there is no vaccine or specific medicine to treat the disease.-VNA