New high-risk dengue cluster at NUS' University Town

Students studying at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) University Town. Ten dengue cases have been reported in the UTown, home to some 1,800 students, making it a high-risk dengue cluster according to latest National Environment Agency (NEA) data.
PHOTO: New high-risk dengue cluster at NUS' University Town

UTown, located at College Avenue West, has seen nine new cases in the last fortnight. An NUS spokesman said the university is "in close communication with the NEA to manage the dengue situation", and that the cases listed were from both the UTown and a nearby construction site.

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According to the National Environment Agency, the site has a total of 10 dengue cases and is classified as a red alert level high-risk dengue cluster.

An area is named a dengue cluster when two or more cases have onset within 14 days and are located within 150m of each other. The clusters are categorised according to different alert levels based on the number of cases. The highest is red for high-risk areas with 10 or more cases.

There are currently 21 dengue clusters classified as red alert levels, with the largest two clusters located at Choa Chua Kang.