By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Singapore health officials report seeing 18 dengue-related fatalities in 2019, the most since 2007. To date, 13,853 dengue fever cases have been reported in Singapore, the most in three years and the numbers show an uptick in cases last week (309), up from 242 the week prior.
In fact, the number of dengue cases has been increasing over the past three weeks.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) says the Gravitraps deployed by NEA at HDB residential estates have detected an increase the adult Aedes aegypti mosquito population. Taken together, these are early indications that the number of dengue cases may continue to rise.
WHO notes the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases are underreported and many cases are misclassified.
One estimate indicates 390 million dengue infections per year (95% credible interval 284–528 million), of which 96 million (67–136 million) manifest clinically (with any severity of disease). Another study, of the prevalence of dengue, estimates that 3.9 billion people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses.
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