By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Officials with the National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore reported a record week of dengue fever cases during the week ending Friday, June 12.

Aedes aegypti/CDC

According to NEA data, 895 cases were recorded during the five-plus days from June 7 to June 12, eclipsing the former one week record from 2014 (891).

Since the beginning of the year, 10,732 total cases have been reported including 12 dengue related fatalities.

As of 8 June 2020, there are 190 active dengue clusters reported. With the concerted efforts of the community and stakeholders, the 105-case cluster at Westwood Avenue, 78-case cluster at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 and 65-case cluster at Jalan Jurong Kechil are closed, according to the NEA.

Aedes aegypti mosquito merchandise

However, there are still large clusters located at Woodleigh Close, Tampines Avenue 7, Potong Pasir Avenue 1, Aljunied Road and Elizabeth Drive where intensive vector control operations are ongoing.

The traditional dengue peak season could last for a few months, from June to October, thus immediate action must be taken to break disease transmission. NEA 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.