Officials with the National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore are reporting that the number of weekly reported dengue cases have been on an upward trend and more than doubled in the past seven weeks.
Through May 17, 3490 cases have been reported, eclipsing the 3,285 cases reported in 2018.
NEA is urging all members of the public and stakeholders to take active steps to keep the mosquito population in check to prevent any further increase in dengue cases.
As of 13 May 2019, there were 44 active dengue clusters with the five largest clusters located at:
• Woodlands Ave 6 / Woodlands Cres / Woodlands Dr 60 / Woodlands Dr 72
• Woodlands Ave 6 / Woodlands Dr 62 / Woodlands Dr 73 / Woodlands Dr 75
• Chai Chee Dr / Chai Chee Rd / Chai Chee St
• Guillemard Rd / Lor 8 Geylang / Lor 12 Geylang / Lor 14 Geylang / Lor 16 Geylang / Lor 20 Geylang / Lor 22 Geylang / Westerhout Rd
• Jln Chengam / Jln Gelenggang / Jln Kuras / Jln Leban / Jln Tarum / Sembawang Hills Dr / St Nicholas View / Thomson Walk
NEA has conducted multiple rounds of inspections in the cluster areas. as well as outreach activities such as community events and house visits. Dengue cluster alert banners and alert posters have been put up around the estates and at the lift lobbies to heighten awareness of both residents as well as members of the public.
Community-led efforts to remove stagnant water from our homes and immediate surroundings play a key role in protecting our neighborhoods from dengue. In particular, as we approach the warmer months of June to October, we usually see higher transmission of dengue in Singapore due to the accelerated development of the Aedes mosquito and the shorter incubation period of the dengue virus.