Bedok dengue cluster sees 8 new cases

A poster put up by NEA warning about dengue, at Block 946 Jurong West Street 91, where all three victims lived.
A poster put up by NEA warning about dengue, at Block 946 Jurong West Street 91, where all three victims lived.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Total number of cases there rises to 55; Jurong West cluster has 14 new cases

The dengue cluster in Bedok has grown, with eight new cases there in the past two weeks. These additions bring the total number in that cluster to 55 as of Wednesday, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website.

All the individuals reported to have dengue fever are residents, except one patient who works in the area, said NEA yesterday.

The Straits Times understands that no deaths have been reported in the Bedok cluster so far.

The Bedok dengue cluster is one of two labelled a red/high-risk area on the NEA website.

These areas have 10 or more cases. The other such area is Jurong West, which has had three deaths from dengue fever so far.

In the Jurong West cluster, 14 new cases have emerged in the past two weeks, bringing the total number of cases there to 90.

Given the new cases in Bedok, NEA said it will be conducting home visits in the area to remind residents to take precautions.

It has also sprayed insecticide in common corridors and residents' homes in the cluster, which is made up of Block 549 in Bedok North Avenue 1 and Blocks 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 539, 540, 541, 556 and 557 in Street 3.

Residents there were informed on March 28 that their neighbourhood was a dengue cluster.

Since then, multiple checks have been carried out, with a total of 57 breeding habitats detected.

Out of these, 36 were found in residential premises, in common habitats such as flower bowls, flower vases, fountains, pails and dish-drying trays.

NEA has advised those suffering from symptoms of dengue fever to seek immediate medical attention.

Symptoms include the sudden onset of fever for two to seven days, severe headaches with pain behind the eye, joint and muscle pain, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, bleeding from the nose or gums, and easy bruising in the skin.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Bedok dengue cluster sees 8 new cases'. Print Edition | Subscribe