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Why You Should Never Make Your Bed

If you got in trouble for not making your bed as a kid, your parents may have some apologizing to do. According to new reports, you shouldn't be making your bed every morning. The habit may be bad for your health.

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Vector control for Zika extended to Punggol Way, Joo Seng: NEA

SINGAPORE: A day after two isolated Zika cases were found in the Punggol Way and Joo Seng areas, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that it is commencing inspections and outreach in the areas.

In a joint briefing with the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Sep 1), NEA said it was stepping up vector control measures in the areas in a bid to keep Zika incidences low.

At the briefing, NEA Director-General of Public Health Derek Ho also addressed the broader outbreak management efforts across the country.

Town councils within the Zika clusters identified have stepped up their cleaning and larviciding of potential breeding habitats, said Mr Ho, adding that the Ministry of Education has conducted fogging at Geylang Methodist primary and secondary schools, which are near the Aljunied Crescent cluster. The Land Transport Authority has also flushed the drains in the KallangPaya Lebar Expressway, he added.

NEA's strategy to keep the number of cases low includes four integrated lines of operations surveillance, prevention and control, outbreak management and communications and outreach, the Director-General said.

Punitive measures have also been taken: As of July 31, about 2,200 households have been fined for mosquito breeding in their homes and another 50 Stop Work Orders have also been issued at construction sites, he said.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital director of theInstitute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology ProfessorLeo Yee Sin drew parallels between Singapore's management of dengue and its approach to control Zika.

Commenting that How to get rid of mice the dengue incidence rate in Singapore was "extremely low", she said: "I think with very good vector control in Singapore, we will continue to see very similar patterns in a sense of how we control dengue and Zika."