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Choa Chu Kang dengue clusters stabilise, but NEA flags other areas of concern

There was a decline in the number of cases reported last week, but the National Environment Agency says Choa Chu Kang, MacPherson, Kaki Bukit and Ubi are still areas of concern.

SINGAPORE: There were 443 dengue cases reported last week, a drop from the 547 cases in the week that ended Aug 9. This is according to a news release from the National Environment Agency on Monday (Aug 18).

There has also been a slowdown in the number of cases reported at Choa Chu Kang - which saw a record dengue cluster with more than 300 cases earlier this year. Still, NEA says Choa Chu Kang remains an area of concern. As of Aug 15, there are still six dengue clusters making up a total of 770 cases located in the Choa Chu Kang/Keat Hong constituencies. Seven in 10 (567) of those cases involved residents, and the rest were construction workers.

189 of the cases were from the Keat Hong Sunshine Gardens construction site alone. It was among three construction sites in the area given a stop-work order, but these have been lifted as of Aug 1 as "contractors have demonstrated adequate preventive housekeeping" the NEA says. The agency assures the public that it will continue to inspect the construction sites, and will not hesitate to take stringent action if they are found to be breeding mosquitoes again.

CONCERN OVER MACPHERSON, KAKI BUKIT, UBI
NEA has also flagged MacPherson, Kaki Bukit and Ubi as areas of concern. There are seven dengue clusters in the MacPherson area as of Aug 15, with a total of 330 reported cases. Two of the clusters, at Circuit Road and Balam Road, have a total of 249 reported cases and most of those who fell ill are residents. NEA and the Town Council have stepped up inspections and found that most of the mosquito breeding sites were in homes or common areas.

There are three dengue clusters in Kaki Bukit and Ubi, with 61 reported cases in total. Most are workers in the industrial area. NEA has deployed 100 officers to carry out search-and-destroy operations at these clusters.

NEA is warning the public to stay vigilant, as Singapore remains in the peak dengue season. It says the hotter months, expected till October, coincide with higher transmission of dengue due to accelerated breeding and maturation cycles for Aedes mosquitoes, and shorter incubation periods for the dengue virus.