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Govt needs to quickly tackle dengue situation in 'large' Serangoon, Hougang clusters: Grace Fu

Published on Jun 22, 2014 9:04 PM
 
Environmental support assistants from National Environment Agency spray misting BTI in the garden of a private property along Da Silva Lane to kill off mosquito larvae. The authorities need to quickly "get a handle on the situation" in Serangoon, Kovan and Hougang, where dengue has spread widely creating some of the largest clusters across Singapore, said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu on June 22, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - The authorities need to quickly "get a handle on the situation" in Serangoon, Kovan and Hougang, where dengue has spread widely creating some of the largest clusters across Singapore, said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu on Sunday.

That is why they are paying particular attention to the area, she said, to better understand mosquito breeding patterns there so as to reduce the number of infections.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has, since two weeks ago, stepped up its efforts by deploying 200 officers there daily - including at night and on weekends - to uncover and destroy breeding sites.

The 17 dengue clusters in the area, which has historically been a dengue hotspot, have led to more than 650 people being infected this year(2014).

 
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