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Monday, June 27, 2011

Singapore : Marsiling hit by dengue

Via Channel News Asia :

" A rarely-seen type of dengue - DEN-3 - has hit the Marsiling area with more than 60 cases reported as of Friday.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said residents may have little or no immunity against the infection, leading to quicker dengue transmission.

However, it added there is no sign for alarm that this form of dengue is spreading to the rest of the island.

The Marsiling area has seen two clusters of dengue transmission recently, with the first detected at Marsiling Rise on April 21.

The second cluster detected on May 19 is also the largest so far this year.

NEA has since stepped up control measures, including dispatching 70 officers to carry out mass operations to search and destroy potential breeding habitats.

The agency has also roped in various partners, including Sembawang Town Council and the National Parks Board to get rid of larvae.

A Marsiling resident told Channel NewsAsia he welcomed the increased monitoring."

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