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Record dengue cluster in Choa Chu Kang

There are six dengue clusters in Choa Chu Kang, one of which has 316 reported cases. This beats last year’s record of 233 cases in a Tampines cluster.

SINGAPORE: A single dengue cluster in Choa Chu Kang has a total of 316 reported cases – the highest number on record, beating last year’s record of 233 cases in a Tampines cluster. There are a total of six dengue clusters in Choa Chu Kang right now.

This is according to a release from the National Environment Agency (NEA) issued on Wednesday (June 16). Of these 316 cases, 195 cases are residents in the vicinity, while 115 cases are workers from the Keat Hong Sunshine Gardens construction site and six cases from the Keat Hong Pride construction site.

“In the last two weeks, the majority of the cases reported in the cluster are residents. The majority of (mosquito) breeding found is in residential premises and hence there is an urgent need for residents to remove stagnant water in their environment to prevent dengue transmission,” said the NEA. Inspections have so far uncovered 86 Aedes mosquito breeding habitats in homes, mostly in domestic containers such as pails, flower pots, trays and ornamental containers.

The seven construction sites in the area have been inspected multiple times, with nine breeding habitats found and destroyed. Stop Work Orders have been issued for the main contractors of the Keat Hong Sunshine Gardens and Keat Hong Pride construction sites, and the contractor of the first will be prosecuted in court for mosquito breeding. A Stop Work Order will also be issued to the main contractor of the Keat Hong Mirage “as its housekeeping was found to be poor”, NEA said.

The agency said it expects the number of cases in Choa Chu Kang to rise further as it is now the peak of the dengue season, and urged all stakeholders to take precautionary measures. 

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