Singapore health officials reported an additional eight new confirmed cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection on Tuesday, bringing the outbreak total to 283.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

Of these, two cases are linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster, and one case is linked to the Bishan Street 12 cluster.

There is a potential new cluster involving one previously reported case and a new case today. They both live in the Elite Terrace area. The other four cases have no known links to any existing cluster.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) said they will be also be carrying out vector control operations and outreach efforts at Elite Terrace in addition to the other cluster locations.

The Zika virus is transmitted by the female Aedes mosquito, similar to dengue. Mosquito prevention and control remains the key to preventing the transmission of the Zika virus. The majority of mosquito breeding detected is found in homes. It is critical that all of us as a community take immediate steps to prevent mosquito breeding in our homes by doing the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout, and protect ourselves from mosquito bites by applying insect repellent regularly.

The 5-step Mozzie Wipeout includes changing water in vases and bowls on alternate days; removing water from flower pot plates on alternate days; turning over all water storage containers; loosening hardened soil and clearing blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly.