By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Singapore health officials continue to report a rise in dengue fever cases in 2020. Through May 29, officials report more than 8,800 cases, after reporting 576 new cases last week.
This is the fourth consecutive week the city-state has reported in excess of 500 cases.
Singapore has just entered the warmer months of May to September. There will usually be higher transmission of dengue in Singapore during this period, due to an accelerated breeding cycle and maturation of the Aedes mosquito vector and shorter incubation period for the dengue virus.
At the same time, Singapore also battles the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 544 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, the vast majority of whom are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
Based on investigations so far, there are four cases in the community, of whom one is a Singaporean/Permanent Resident and three are Work Pass holders.
To date, Singapore has seen 35,836 total COVID-19 cases, including 24 deaths.
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