The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus closely related to the dengue virus. Like the dengue and Chikungunya viruses, the Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito.
In view of confirmed local Zika transmission in the Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive area, this advisory provides employers with general information on workplace measures to limit the spread of the Zika virus.
Employers should also refer to the advisories issued by the Ministry of Health and National Environmental Agency on the Zika virus infection and mosquito vector control.
Managing employees suspected of the Zika virus infection
Employers should encourage staff to self-monitor for symptoms of Zika, such as:
- Skin rashes
- Joint and muscle pains
- Red eyes
Symptomatic individuals who meet the following factors should seek medical attention immediately:
- Have returned from an affected country in the past 2 weeks.
- Live or work in the vicinity of Aljunied Crescent / Sims Drive area (see map below).
Employers should allow staff to do so promptly.
Employers should advise concerned employees to protect themselves from mosquito bites by:
- Using mosquito repellent.
- Wearing long, covered clothing.
- Sleeping under mosquito nets or in rooms with wire-mesh screens or air-conditioned rooms.
Managing pregnant employees
Employers should ensure that pregnant employees take strict precautions against mosquito bites and seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms of Zika such as fever and rash, and if they live or work in the affected area. Those who are concerned about being infected with the Zika virus should consult and follow the advice of their doctors regarding precautions to take during pregnancy.
Employers can check the MOH website for the latest updates.
Mosquito vector control
As the Zika virus is spread by infected mosquitoes, employers should take immediate steps to prevent mosquito breeding in their workplaces.
For more information on Zika virus, you can refer to FAQ on the Zika virus.