Monday, January 30, 2006

Channel News Asia (30 Jan 2006) - NEA to implement new pre-emptive system to fight dengue

Posted: 30 January 2006 1847 hrs
NEA to implement new pre-emptive system to fight dengue

By Farah Abdul Rahim, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : It may be the festive season but the National Environment Agency (NEA) is not letting up in its fight against dengue.

It is implementing a new pre-emptive strike where officers will do thorough sweeps of all premises even before a dengue case is reported in the area.

The number of dengue fever cases has declined, with some 190 cases reported since January compared to more than 800 during the same period last year.

And there were less than 50 dengue fever cases reported last week.

But NEA says the public must continue to stay vigilant and take preventive measures against mosquito breeding at home, especially with the flowers and plants bought for the Lunar New Year.

"During the Chinese New Year period, many of us buy lucky bamboo, cherry blossoms and pussy willows, and all these are placed in water pots. We encourage the public to change water on alternate days to prevent mosquito breeding," said Dalson Chung from Environmental Health Department at the National Environment Agency. - CNA /ls


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