New high-risk dengue cluster at NUS' University Town
Published on Aug 6, 2014 8:01 PM
SINGAPORE - Ten dengue cases have been reported in the National University of Singapore's (NUS) University Town, home to some 1,800 students, making it a high-risk dengue cluster according to latest National Environment Agency (NEA) data.
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.
Professional pest control contractors engaged by NUS have been conducting daily inspection of drains and common areas, trimming of landscapes and the clearing of dry leaves, added the spokesman. This is on top of increasing the frequency of misting, which is now done thrice weekly.
"The safety and well-being of NUS staff and students are our top priorities. The university remains vigilant, and will continue to work closely with NEA and the authorities in our fight against dengue," said the spokesman.