The National Environment Agency (NEA) reported today the weekly reported dengue cases are rising sharply, with 264 cases recorded in the week ending 5 March 2022 – 65 cases more than in the previous week.
A contributing factor and key concern is the high Aedes aegypti mosquito population detected in the community, which has increased by about nine per cent in January 2022 compared to in the same period last year (January 2021). If left unchecked, the current high Aedes aegypti mosquito population – together with circulation of the previously uncommon dengue virus serotype 3 (DENV-3) and sizeable proportion of people still staying in and working from home – may lead to a surge in dengue cases in the coming months. NEA therefore urges members of the public and other stakeholders to stay vigilant and not let their guard down, as dengue remains a serious public health threat.
Urgent collective community effort is needed to drastically reduce mosquito breeding habitats and slow down the rise in the number of dengue cases.
Mr Chew Ming Fai, NEA Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director-General Public Health, said, “Our dengue prevention efforts are not only focused on dengue cluster areas, but include non-dengue cluster areas that have higher Aedes aegypti mosquito populations.”