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Dengue Clusters In Jurong West Near NTU Halls Linked To 3 Deaths: MOH & NEA

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12 HDB Blocks Affected In Jurong West Dengue Cluster Near NTU Hall 5, Pioneer Hall & City Harvest Church

If you live along Jurong West Streets 91 and 92, it’s best to empty out your flower pots of excess water and have mosquito repellent on hand.

Three people who lived within active dengue clusters in Jurong West have passed away due to dengue fever, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency’s (NEA) joint statement on Saturday (5 May).

Let’s take a closer look at the areas affected.

12 HDB blocks in Jurong West affected

60 dengue cases have been reported this year, and they hail from dengue clusters located along Jurong West St 91 & 92.

They’re also disturbingly close to a cluster of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) halls — including Pioneer Hall, Crescent Hall, Hall 5 and Hall 1.

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Here’s the full list of HDB blocks affected.

Jurong West Street 91:

  • 933 – 2 cases
  • 940 – 1 case
  • 943 – 3 cases
  • 945 – 3 cases
  • 946 – 5 cases
  • 947 – 15 cases
  • 948 – 2 cases
  • 949 – 5 cases
  • 950 – 20 cases
  • 952 – 20 cases

Jurong West Street 92:

  • 920 – 1 case
  • 928 – 1 case

Over the last 2 weeks, 32 cases were reported since the dengue cluster was uncovered.

Block 950 and Block 952 with 20 cases a piece, are within walking distance from City Harvest Church, and Nanyang Community Club.

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3 deaths thus far

Dengue fever linked to these active dengue clusters in Jurong West, have already claimed the lives of three victims.

  • 68-year-old female
    • Singaporean
    • Died on 13 Apr, overseas
  • 41-year-old male
    • Singaporean
    • Died on 3 May, at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH)
  • 63-year-old female
    • Singaporean
    • Died on 3 May, at NTFGH

Additionally, there was a similar death back in March, where a 75-year-old woman passed away from dengue fever.

Preventing the spread of dengue

MOH has extended their condolences to the families of the victims, and have promised to step up efforts to stop dengue from claiming any more lives.

Overall, the report states that breeding habitats have been detected across Singapore in these common locations:

  • Flower bowls/vases
  • Fountains
  • Pails
  • Dish-drying trays
  • Ground puddles
  • Gully traps
  • Scupper drains

Breeding habitats can be destroyed by spraying insecticide along common corridors and within homes.

Do take heed of banners and lift lobby posters warning of dengue clusters as well.

NEA has reportedly deployed 80 officers to destroy mosquito breeding areas, and 60 more officers to supplement the outreach efforts in Jurong West.

This comes after another similar death in March, where a 75-year-old woman passed away from dengue fever.

Everyone has a part to play

Residents are encouraged to allow NEA officers access to their homes to get rid of dengue-plagued mosquitoes via insecticide.

And to apply insect repellent in outdoor areas, or use insecticides sparingly around the house — especially for areas which have a high risk of becoming a breeding ground.

Dengue symptoms are as follows:

  • Sudden fever lasting for 2-7 days
  • Severe headaches
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Bleeding nose or gums
  • Easily bruised skin
  • Intense pain (behind eyes, joints and muscles)

If you or your loved ones display any signs of dengue fever, it is advisable to seek medical help ASAP.

Do share this with anyone you know who may be at risk of frequenting these dengue clusters.

After all, we should be vigilant and take the necessary steps to prevent dengue fever in not only ourselves, but our loved ones too.

Featured image from Google Maps.

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