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NUS University Town identified as a high-risk dengue cluster

Ten cases have been reported in the area, which serves as a major hub for National University of Singapore (NUS) students and faculty. NUS says it is working closely with authorities to fight dengue.

SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) University Town has been classified as a high-risk dengue cluster, after 10 cases were reported in the area, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA). A total of 1,800 students reside at University Town (UTown), which also serves as a major hub for NUS students and faculty. 

An NUS spokesperson said the university is in close communication with NEA to manage the dengue situation in UTown, and that the cases listed by NEA are also from a nearby construction site. 

NUS has engaged professional pest control contractors to conduct daily inspections of drains and common areas and to trim landscapes and clear dry leaves. They have also raised the frequency of misting the area with insect repellent to three times a week. UTown residents have been reminded to take steps to prevent accumulation of stagnant water so as not to breed mosquitoes.

"The safety and well-being of NUS staff and students are our top priorities. The university remains vigilant, and will continue to work closely with NEA and the authorities in our fight against dengue," the spokesperson said.

There are currently 21 dengue clusters identified as high-risk areas, with the largest cluster at Choa Chua Kang with a total of 527 reported cases.

A total of 12,438 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore this year. Nearly 200 cases were reported between last Sunday and Tuesday, according to NEA’s website.

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