About 8 months after Singapore saw its first locally transmitted case of Zika on 26 Aug 2016, the virus is back.

The news broke on 29 March 2016 that two locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed at Simon Place, near Kovan in Hougang. Both are residents from the same household.

But don’t panic, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has since inspected at least 234 out of 400 premises in the area and destroyed 10 breeding grounds. The vicinity was also fogged to help kill the Aedes mosquitoes which spread both dengue and Zika, which results in mild cold-like symptoms but can be dangerous for unborn foetuses.

The cases are within control at the moment.

But we need to be vigilant about these mosquitoes. June is approaching and it is the traditional peak season for mosquito breeding, meaning we could see more Zika and dengue cases.

So guys, remember to prevent mosquito breeding at home to stay safe! The NEA’s five-step Mozzie Wipeout gives good tips on how we can check that our house is safe and is not a breeding ground for the mozzies.