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Postby Serendipitysays » Tue, 03 Jul 2012 5:03 pm

:) you should SMS ! My husky is Singaporean bred as was her mother and her grandmother... We met both of them when our husky was a baby husky. They are champion breeds and much adapted to the Singapore weather than you think ! Of course you cannot tie em outside or take them jogging when it's hot but that's probably the case with most dogs! She likes to sleep near the fan though and is partial to ice water but so is my German shepherd.. If its an exceptionally hot day the aircons are on but it's not like she would trade her favourite nap spot even so ! So it's a misconception about huskies and the Singapore weather .....

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 03 Jul 2012 5:30 pm

"Of course you cannot tie em outside or take them jogging when it's hot"

Crying shame for a working dog, wouldn't you say?

Sorry for going off tangent. I've just seen too much dog abuse in the 30 years I've been here. I used to breed & show Corgis (Cardigans) many, many years ago in the US.

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Postby Serendipitysays » Tue, 03 Jul 2012 8:46 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Crying shame for a working dog, wouldn't you say?

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It's true , but dogs adapt . With lots of exercise and attention , they flourish even. We can't let our husky off leash here but she loves a romp in the dog park !
I only wish sometimes Singapore is more tolerant and dog friendly .
But then again that's a topic for another day !

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 29 Jan 2013 7:50 pm

Just to make you alerted:
http://www.dengue.gov.sg/

Some very weird dengue outbreak is apparently ongoing at this moment. I haven't seen anything like this for long time (few years ago it peaked out at above 400 cases IIRC).

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Take a note of the affected areas and put in place all the usual preventive and mosquito repellent measures.

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Postby Brah » Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:00 am

Ooh - that looks worse than the last news I heard, that it was up to 200 (epidemic level I think) from 143 last week.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 30 Jan 2013 8:06 am

I'll just point out too for those who don't click x92's link, the biggest 'hotspot' is on the East Coast near Telok Kurau, right next to Marine Parade and Siglap, one of the more popular spots for expats who will be visiting this forum:

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Looks like it might be a good idea to avoid the park connector along the Siglap canal for a while!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 30 Jan 2013 8:38 am

Sadly, unless the NEA and MOM get their SH*T together, there are likely to be more of them as well. In the well meaning eyes (myopic ones) of MOM, Pest control companies are considered in the Service Sector and are hamstrung with a 45% dependency cap. This means, because of the nature of our business, out in the hot sun, rain, smelly chemicals, fogging & wearing heavy protective clothing, etc., etc., we cannot get locals to do the work for the most part (they join and a week later, if they last that long, just don't bother coming to work). Therefore, we cannot keep staff short of using foreign labour, of which MOM is curtailing as you all know, or making it very difficult.

My company was a prime supplier of manpower to NEA whenever there is any kind of outbreak of Dengue, Chikungunya, rats or any other vermin. However, with the drastic reduction of foreign manpower and the inability to hire more personnel, we have given up several of our contracts with NEA as we make very little from them anyway. All operators in our industry are having the same problem, so there are lots of areas that are not getting the attention they deserve. So add that to the periodic outbreaks that happen anyway, massive ones are going to be even harder to contain.

My suggestion is PLEASE ensure that you have done YOU parts to eliminate the spread of breeding places. I almost lost a BiL 5 years ago to Dengue and I also know an expat couple who BOTH got hit with it several years ago (they are no longer here, but in Aus now) They were in bad shape for quite a while and the husband the worst hit. It's not pleasant.

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Postby Brah » Wed, 30 Jan 2013 9:00 am

What kinds of avoidance vs. preventative measures can we take besides ensuring there are no water stagnation points?

Such as don't wear black (if that actually works and is not an old wives tale).

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Postby the lynx » Wed, 30 Jan 2013 9:12 am

Brah wrote:What kinds of avoidance vs. preventative measures can we take besides ensuring there are no water stagnation points?

Such as don't wear black (if that actually works and is not an old wives tale).


Install screens on doors and windows.

Make sure your roof gutters or drains or any drainage system have smooth water flow, and fix them if there is any structural problem disrupting the flow.

Use repellent. DEET still makes better sense than the hippy citronella.



Side note: Wearing black (or any contrasting colour) does ring true. I could go into details but it will be boring.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:35 pm

I'm bumping this thread so you know that it does not getting any better. It's getting worse.
The East is mainly affected and the zone goes from East Coast through Ang Mo Kio / Bishan up to Pungol.
http://www.dengue.gov.sg

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 09 Feb 2013 12:09 am

We currently have 6 cases in our estate as well here in Serangoon North. I noticed yesterday, we had a bunch of our boys out with NEA. Seemed like NEA reallly hurtings for help thanks to MOM.......

So, please ensure your own areas are mozzie breeding proof.

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Postby Saint » Sat, 09 Feb 2013 6:52 pm

I had Dengue in August 2011 and wouldn't wish it on anyone so beware!

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Postby wheaten » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 2:15 pm

This is embarrassing, but I cannot understand the graph above. I assume the y axis is indicating something about the number of cases each week in the years. Is this new cases per week, or total number of people suffering dengue per week? How do we add it up for a full year?
I assume it is for each week, as the x axis goes to 52?
Please help if you can read it.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 3:20 pm

It shows the number of NEW cases per week. Number of cases on the right and week of the year on the bottom. The current year figures show the last week only while the previous years only give the number of new cases of the peak week of the year in question.

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