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Flora Drive no longer a high-risk dengue spot: NEA

Earlier this month, Singapore's largest dengue cluster was at Flora Drive. However, the National Environment Agency says it is no longer a high-risk area and all its mosquito breeding sites have been destroyed.

SINGAPORE: A total of 41 mosquito breeding sites have been uncovered and 218 dengue cases reported in Flora Drive, off Loyang, since May. Several rounds of insecticide spraying and mass fogging helped reduce the adult mosquito population there.

At the Ferraria Park condominium, more than 30 residents and workers fell ill with dengue. To tackle the problem, the condominium management increased the maintenance budget by 20 per cent, and increased the frequency of fogging to twice a week.

Th​ey also hired an additional worker to check for breeding sites, though this was no easy task, as slabs weighing 20 kilogrammes covered the drains, making it difficult for them to detect where stagnant water had collected.

"What we can do is approach our main contractor and developer to see how they can improve the design and the flow of the water which is hidden underneath the slabs," said Mr Andrew Yeo, chairman of the Ferraria Park management corporation. "They will revisit the drawings and see what they can do."  

Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Grace Fu was also at the condo to observe the roles managing agents play in preventing dengue. She too, noted that building design affects the discovery and prevention of mosquito breeding sites.  

"We would like to have that discussion with the developer and also with the architect about considering maintenance issues when they design projects," she said. 

Residents have also been advised to stay vigilant by taking necessary precautions. 

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