By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Singapore environmental officials have reported a third consecutive week of more than 1,000 dengue fever cases and the number of reported dengue cases is still on an upward trend.
To date, 14,041 total dengue cases have been reported through June 29. In addition, 16 dengue related fatalities have been reported todate.
Officials expect the total number of cases this year will exceed the 22,170 cases reported in 2013, the largest dengue outbreak in Singapore’s history.
The traditional dengue peak season could last a few months, from June to October, thus immediate action must be taken to break disease transmission. The National Environment Agency urgently seeks the community’s support to ensure that their homes (including common corridors where domestic items, such as potted plants and pails, are kept) and gardens in their compounds are free from mosquito breeding, and to use aerosol insecticide spray and mosquito repellent to protect themselves and their families.
Homeowners and occupants are strongly urged to do their part and pay close attention to any mosquito breeding or adult mosquitoes present in their homes, take the necessary steps to prevent or remove them, and protect themselves from mosquitos’ bites. These include:
- Regularly doing the Mozzie Wipeout and removing any stagnant water in homes;
- Turn the pail
- Tip the vase
- Flip the flower pot plate
- Loosen the hardened soil
- Clear the roof gutter and drains within compounds, and place Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) insecticide inside
- Spraying insecticide at dark corners of the home, for example under the sofa and bed, behind the curtains and in the toilets
- Applying mosquito repellent to protect themselves from mosquito bites
- Using mosquito screens
- Using spatial mosquito repellent (e.g. mosquito coil) in well-ventilated areas of the home.
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