SIX people died from dengue fever last year, the highest in the past four years, with the Aedes mosquito leaving its ugly mark on 4,772 people in all.
The tally of cases is the second highest ever recorded, although it is far from the record 5,258 cases in 1998.
What is more worrying is that more homes appear to be having mosquitoes as their guests over the years.
Last year, the National Environment Agency found the insects in 796 homes, 8% more than in 2002.
Out of every 1,000 landed homes inspected, 56 were caught harbouring the bug in containers, roof gutters, plastic and canvas sheets and discarded receptacles.
In comparison, 17 out of every 1,000 Housing Board flats and 29 out of every 1,000 condominiums checked were found guilty.
First-time offenders get off with a warning letter.
Subsequently, they get fined S$200 (RM404).
Would-be offenders are not spared either warning letters can be issued to homeowners with potential breeding sites such as a choked roof gutter or a waterlogged flowerpot.
But this is done only after a verbal warning has failed. The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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