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Advisory to employers on management of Zika virus during outbreak

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 local Zika transmission in Singapore, this advisory provides employers with general information on workplace measures to limit the spread of the Zika virus.

Employers should also continue to refer to the advisories issued by MOH and NEA on the Zika virus infection and mosquito vector control.

Managing employees suspected of the Zika virus infection

The management of employees who have contracted the Zika virus does not differ from how employees who have contracted other mosquito-spread viruses, such as Dengue and Chikungunya, are being managed.

Employers should encourage their employees to self-monitor for symptoms of Zika, such as:

  • Fever
  • Skin rashes
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Headaches
  • Red eyes

Symptomatic individuals should seek medical attention immediately.

Concerned employees can 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

As the Zika virus may pose a risk to the unborn child, employers should remind pregnant employees to take strict precautions against mosquito bites and seek medical attention if they develop symptoms of Zika such as fever and rash.

Where possible and practical, employers should arrange for pregnant employees to work in rooms with wire-mesh screens or air-conditioned rooms to keep out mosquitos.

Employers can check the MOH website for the latest updates.

Mosquito vector control

As the Zika virus is spread by infected mosquitoes, employers should continue to take steps to prevent mosquito breeding in their workplaces.

More information

For more information on Zika virus, you can refer to FAQ on the Zika virus.

For queries on this advisory, please contact MOM at:

Last Updated: 6 September 2016