Dengue cluster in Choa Chu Kang stabilise, but MacPherson, Kaki Bukit & Ubi a concern

Dengue cluster in Choa Chu Kang stabilise, but MacPherson, Kaki Bukit  & Ubi a concern
An official from the National Environment Agency (NEA) inspecting the area around Block 485D Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 on Jul 17, 2014.

SINGAPORE - There were 443 reported cases of dengue in Singapore last week. This was an improvement, according to the National Environment Agency, but it cautions that the island was still in the peak of dengue season. 

Areas of concern include the dengue clusters at the Choa Chu Kang, MacPherson, Kaki Bukit and Ubi areas.

NEA also said on Monday that the hotter months, expected to continue until October, also coincide with higher transmission of dengue in Singapore due to accelerated breeding and maturation cycles for the Aedes mosquitoes and shorter incubation periods for the dengue virus.

As at Aug 15, there are six dengue clusters located in the Choa Chu Kang/Keat Hong constituencies, seven clusters in the MacPherson area and three dengue clusters in Kaki Bukit and Ubi.

The majority of the dengue breeding habitats in Choa Chu Kang and MacPherson were found in residential homes and common areas.

Of the 770 cases in Choa Chu Kang,  567 cases are residents in the vicinity, while 203 cases are workers from three constructions sites.

Another 203 cases are workers from three constructions sites in 189 at the Keat Hong Sunshine Gardens construction site, 13 from the Keat Hong Pride construction site and one from Keat Hong Crescent.

Stop Work Orders previously issued to the main contractors of the Keat Hong Sunshine Gardens, Keat Hong Pride and Keat Hong Mirage construction sites were lifted on Aug 1.

From NEA’s inspections so far, 113 breeding habitats have been found in homes, of which the majority were found in domestic containers such as pails, flower pots, trays and ornamental containers. 

In the MacPherson area, 249 out of a total of 330 reported cases are residents, with a total of 31 breeding habitats found during inspections. 16 were in homes, and another 15 breeding habitats were detected in common areas.

There are three dengue clusters in Kaki Bukit and Ubi as at Aug 15, with a total of 61 reported cases. In the past two weeks, the majority of the cases reported in the clusters are workers in the industrial area. 

NEA has conducted about two million inspections this year and will continue to focus on areas that have higher potential for dengue transmission, such as construction sites.

It has issued 598 Notices to Attend Court and 71 Stop Work Orders, and 14 contractors have been prosecuted in court for repeat offences as of Aug 15. 

The latest updates on the dengue situation can be found at the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, or the myENV app.

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