High-risk dengue clusters found in Jurong West, Bedok

High-risk dengue clusters found in Jurong West, Bedok

SINGAPORE: High-risk dengue clusters have been found in Jurong West and Bedok, according to a notice posted on the National Environment Agency (NEA) website on Wednesday (May 23).

A total of 90 cases were reported in Jurong West, with 23 cases in Block 950 Jurong West Street 91 alone, and 55 cases in the Bedok North area. 

In Bedok, all the cases involved residents living in the area except one case involving a person who works in the area, said an NEA spokesperson.

Earlier this month, three people living in Jurong West died after contracting dengue. The dengue cluster at Jurong West Street 91 and 92 is the largest cluster in Singapore so far this year.

According to the NEA website, other high-risk areas in Jurong West include Blocks 933, 934, 938, 939, 940, 941, 942, 943, 944, 945, 946, 947, 948, 949 and 952 in Jurong West Street 91. 

Blocks 920, 925 and 928 in Jurong West Street 92 are also affected. There was one reported case in Block 966 Jurong West Street 93 and two in Yunnan Crescent.

"MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF CHECKS" IN BEDOK

In Bedok, the highest number of cases was recorded in Block 536 Bedok North Street 3, where 20 dengue cases have been reported. 

The rest of the cases in Bedok were found at Block 549 in Bedok North Avenue 1 and Blocks 533, 534, 535, 537, 539, 540, 541, 556 and 557 in Bedok North Street 3.

The NEA spokesperson said that since the cluster in Bedok was brought to light on Mar 28, "multiple rounds of checks" had been carried out during the day and night, and on weekends. 

As of May 21, a total of 57 breeding habitats were detected, and these were mostly found in common habitats like flower pot trays and pails.

To combat the situation, NEA has sprayed insecticide in the common corridors and in residents’ homes to kill any infected adult mosquitoes that may be spreading the transmission.

In addition to that, dengue cluster alert banners and posters have been put up around the estate to heighten awareness among residents. 

NEA assured residents that stepped-up efforts in inspections and outreach, like home visits to spray insecticide, will continue in this area.

Source: CNA/aa

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