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Dengue hot spot gets extra attention

Resources focused on area covering Serangoon, Kovan and Hougang

Published on Jun 23, 2014 2:20 PM
An environmental support assistant from the NEA spraying the living room of a private house along Simon Lane, in the Kovan area, with ultra-low-volume cold misting to fight dengue. The Government is paying particular attention to the area spanning Serangoon, Kovan and Hougang. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The authorities need to quickly get a handle on the dengue outbreak in Serangoon, Kovan and Hougang - where the mosquito-borne disease has spread widely - said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu yesterday.

The Government is paying particular attention to the area - the site of some of the largest clusters of dengue outbreaks in Singapore - to better understand mosquito breeding patterns and reduce the number of infections, she said.

"It's an important (area) for us to focus resources," she said while visiting the area, where she was briefed on progress by the National Environment Agency (NEA). "It's a big cluster and there are many cases."

The NEA has, since two weeks ago, stepped up its efforts by deploying 200 officers there each day - including at night and on weekends - to uncover and destroy breeding sites, and kill mosquitoes. They do this, for instance, by spraying insecticide, fogging, and using Gravitraps that lure and trap adult mosquitoes.

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