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Singapore to impose mosquito fine
Dengue fever rates in Singapore are at a 10-year high
Singapore is to fine people who allow mosquitoes to breed in their homes, as the city state attempts to curb cases of dengue fever.

This year, there have been more than 8,500 cases of the disease, which sometimes proves fatal to humans.

The figure is an increase of nearly 80% over 2003.

Public health experts believe much of the rise is due to mosquitoes breeding in pot plants and other sources of stagnant water in apartment blocks.

The Straits Times newspaper says that from February, fines equivalent to $60 will be introduced for first offenders, increasing to $200 for subsequent breaches of the law.

Three people have died from the disease this year in Singapore, the Reuters news agency reported.

The World Health Organisation issued an alert in September after a resurgence of dengue fever in the region.

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