Singapore Zika 

More mosquitoes, more cases expected in warmer months ahead

SINGAPORE: The mosquito population is expected to increase along with the number of dengue cases in the warmer months ahead, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a media release on Sunday (May 20). Through its Gravitrap surveillance system, NEA said it found that the mosquito population remained high with 22 per cent more Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, thus posing a risk of an increase in dengue cases. Earlier this month, three people died and 60 dengue cases were reported in a dengue cluster at Jurong…

Read More
Asia Health Singapore Zika 

Men’s risk of sexually spreading Zika virus dissipates after first month

(Reuters Health) – Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in unborn babies, can also be spread to a woman through sexual contact. But a new study suggests the risk may be limited to the first few weeks after symptoms appear in her male partner. “We are going to be reevaluating our guidance on sexual transmission of Zika based on this,” lead author Dr. Paul Mead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a telephone interview. The CDC currently recommends that couples concerned about…

Read More
Singapore Zika 

Serangoon North Avenue 1 residents see stepped up efforts to curb spread of Zika

The latest Zika cluster is located at Block 143 Serangoon North Avenue 1. (Photo: Aqil Haziq Mahmud) SINGAPORE: Residents at Serangoon North Avenue 1 have seen efforts to curb the spread of Zika ramped up after a third cluster was reported in the area in less than a month. The National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Monday (Aug 14) that it had confirmed two cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection at block 143 and Serangoon Ville. The first cluster at Serangoon North Avenue 1, at blocks 125, 126 and…

Read More
Serangoon Singapore Zika 

Zika cluster reported at Serangoon North Avenue 1

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo’s University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Jan. 18, 2016. (Photo: AP/Andre Penner)  SINGAPORE: Three cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection have been confirmed at Serangoon North Avenue 1, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (Jul 26). All three cases are residents in the area, it added. NEA said it was notified of the cluster on Wednesday and has started vector control operations and outreach…

Read More
Asia Health Maylasia Zika 

Malaysia confirms its eighth Zika virus case

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia confirmed an eighth Zika virus case on Sunday, involving a 67-year-old man who first showed symptoms in late November. An online statement from the Health Ministry’s director general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, did not specify if the man from the state of Selangor contracted the case locally or overseas. The statement said that during Nov 14 to 28, the man was in Kuala Lumpur, in the Selangor city of Shah Alam and in Perak state, north of Selangor. “His family members were questioned and their blood and urine…

Read More
Asia China Health Jakarta Japan News Singapore Zika 

Zika – Homemade repellent now a hit product

A mosquito repellent that started off as a concoction mixed in one man’s kitchen has become such a hit that hotels and businesses have placed orders for it. The brain behind the product, however, is no chemist but an accountant by training. Mr Theodore Khng, 27, got the formula right – after failing 68 times. It was out of boredom – he was waiting for the results of his professional accountancy qualification test in London – that he decided to try his hand at creating skincare products four years ago.…

Read More