By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of dengue fever cases in Singapore continues to rise with officials reporting about 500 cases during the most recent week.

Aedes aegypti/CDC

In fact, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) says a total of 6,117 dengue cases were reported this year during the first six months, more than four times the 1,379 dengue cases seen in the same period last year.

The total today stands at 6600, which is more than the total for both 2017 and 2018.

This goes hand in hand with the increasing mosquito population in the city-state. Gravitrap surveillance system deployed by NEA has shown a 56 per cent increase in Aedes aegypti mosquito population in May 2019 compared to March 2019.

NEA says a national collective effort is critical to prevent dengue cases from rising further, particularly in the warmer months of the summer to October. Every individual, whether living in a cluster or not, needs to take action to prevent more people from being infected with the dengue virus. NEA urges all members of the public and stakeholders to take immediate action to eradicate potential mosquito breeding habitats and step up housekeeping measures in their respective premises. All residents are strongly encouraged to cooperate with NEA officers and facilitate their checks and indoor misting in their homes.

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