Dengue cases up in week of 31 March to 6 April

Dengue cases up in week of 31 March to 6 April

The number of reported dengue cases for the week of 31 March to 6 April stood at 409, up from 315 cases for the week of 24 to 30 March.

The number of reported dengue cases for the week of 31 March to 6 April stood at 409, up from 315 cases for the week of 24 to 30 March.

SINGAPORE: The number of reported dengue cases for the week of 31 March to 6 April stood at 409, up from 315 cases for the week of 24 to 30 March.

There were 60 reported cases for 7 and 8 April.

For the first 14 weeks of 2013, there have been a total of 3,846 cases, of which 109 cases were in the Tampines St 12 area that includes Tampines St 21 and 22.

A dengue cluster is formed when two or more dengue cases occur within 14 days and the homes of the dengue victims are within a distance of 150 metres.

Another active cluster was in the Tampines St 71 area that includes St 82 to 84 and Tampines Central, with 52 cases.

Tampines Town Council said it conducts regular checks in public areas in the vicinity, but has not found breeding activity in those areas.

Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng said based on NEA's findings, about 113 breeding spots were found in the neighbourhood in the last two months, of which, 80 per cent were found in residents' homes.

He also added that Block 267 in Tampines reported some 30 dengue cases.

Mr Baey said MPs have gone door to door to remind residents of Block 267 to raise awareness of reponsbility.

Also, in the Yishun area that includes Yishun Industrial St 1 and Yishun St 23, since the start of the year 34 cases have been reported.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in the Serangoon Gardens area that includes Bishops Place, Bridport Ave, Cowdray Ave, Hemsley Ave, Huddington Ave, Portchester Ave and Kingswear Ave.

Also, many Singaporeans think mosquitoes breed outdoors in areas such as construction sites or parks and not in their homes.

This concern was raised by Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah, who has been actively promoting the awareness of dengue prevention.

Ms Lee, who was speaking at an interview on Singapore Connect earlier on Tuesday evening, said NEA officers who combed the ground often found that up to 70 per cent of breeding occurred indoors.

Source: CNA/al

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