Zika Virus Infection in Singapore (Update)
02 Sep 2016
As of the 2 August 2016, the Singaporean Ministry of Health (SMoH) has confirmed a total of 160 cases of locally acquired Zika virus (ZIKV) infection.
The SMoH has identified Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive as the affected areas and has advised the following areas are of concern; Khatib Camp, Sembawang Drive, Kranji Road, Joo Chiat Place, Senoko South Road, Toh Guan Road East and Lor 101 Changi.
For the purpose of advising travellers the Singapore has been categorised as a High risk.
Advice to Travellers
- Mosquito bite avoidance is strongly recommended.
- Seek travel advice from your healthcare provider at least 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, but particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
- You are strongly advised to obtain adequate travel insurance – if pregnant, check with your travel insurance company that you are covered under the policy.
- Take measures to avoid sexual transmission of ZIKV
Specific recommendations for pregnant women
Until the link between ZIKV and adverse pregnancy outcomes has been fully clarified pregnant women should:
- Postpone non-essential travel to High risk country/territory/areas.
- On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
- For more detailed advice look here