The number of dengue fever cases has been on the rise in recent weeks, according to the National Environmental Agency’s (NEA) website and so have concerns been. Three Singaporeans who lived in an active dengue cluster in Jurong West have died from dengue fever, according to the NEA and Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release on Saturday (May 5).
Jurong West Street 91 and 92 makes up the largest dengue cluster this year, with an astounding 60 reported dengue cases.
Of the three deaths, the first was a 68-year-old Singaporean woman who died on April 13 while overseas and the second was a 41-year-old man, whose condition deteriorated after he was admitted to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on April 29 and died on May 3.
The most recent death from the mosquito-borne disease was a 63-year-old woman, who also died on Thursday (May 3) after being admitted to Ng Teng Fong on Tuesday (May 1).
The residential blocks within this cluster- Blocks 933, 940, 943, 945, 946, 947, 948, 949, 950 and 952 in Street 91 and Blocks 920 and 928 in Street 92- have been notified about the rising occurrences of dengue on April 3 and since then, NEA has reportedly deployed 80 officers to check for and destroy mosquito breeding in the area.
As of a month later (May 3), a whopping number of 117 mosquito-breeding habitats were detected. Of these, 82 were found in residential premises, in common habitats such as flower bowls and vases, pails, and dish drying trays, some with very high larvae count of up to 200 larvae. Another 35 were found in common areas or other premises such as ground puddles, gully traps and scupper drains.
Thankfully, there were no construction site-related mosquito breeding found in this area.
NEA has since sprayed insecticides in the common corridors and in residential homes and put up dengue cluster alert banners and posters around the estate. They have also invested 60 more officers in effort of stepping up their inspections and outreach efforts in the area.
The public have also been advised to seek early treatment should they detect any suggestive signs and symptoms of dengue fever.
“Early diagnosis can facilitate better case management, and persons with dengue can also help prevent further transmission by applying repellent regularly so that mosquitoes do not bite and pick up the virus from them,” MOH and NEA said.
These symptoms include the sudden onset of fever for two to seven days, bleeding from the nose or gums, severe headaches with pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, skin rashes, nausea and vomiting, and easy bruising in the skin.
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