27 Jul '11, 12am

Major dengue fever epidemic may break out in S'pore

The number of mosquito breeding grounds found in homes has also doubled from 2005, the year Singapore had a major dengue outbreak with 14,000 people falling sick. -- PHOTO: NEA THE major dengue fever epidemic that the authorities have been trying to prevent may well happen - and soon. Three new large dengue clusters in Woodlands, Pasir Ris and Seletar emerged yesterday, bringing the total to six. The number of mosquito breeding grounds found in homes has also doubled from 2005, the year Singapore had a major dengue outbreak with 14,000 people falling sick. Last week, 227 people came down with dengue - the highest weekly number in almost four years. It was also the third straight week that the number of cases has gone above the epidemic level. When the number of weekly cases hits 191 or more, it has breached an epidemic threshold that could trigger the rapid spread of infec...

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