By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Singapore officials reported 257 additional dengue fever cases during the week ending Nov. 1, a slight increase over the previous week but a significant decrease compared to the peak of the season.

Aedes aegypti mosquito feeding on a human host/CDC

This brings the total cases through the first 11 months of 2019 to 13,577. This is the highest number seen in three years.

While the cases are declining, the National Environment Agency (NEA) says vigilance must be maintained, as historical data shows the possibility of another rise in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population at the end of the year.

Between January and September this year, about 60% of all mosquito breeding habitats detected were found in residential premises, with the percentage found in residential premises at dengue cluster areas even higher at around 70%. If left unchecked, the mosquito population rise could once again increase the risk of dengue transmission.

Everyone is encouraged to be an advocate of dengue and Zika prevention, and to remind his or her family members and neighbours to join in the collective effort to stop the disease transmission cycle, by regularly doing the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout as follows:

• Turn the pail
• Tip the vase
• Flip the flowerpot plate
• Loosen the hardened soil
• Clear the roof gutter and place Bti insecticide inside

Persons infected with dengue should protect themselves from further mosquito bites, by applying mosquito repellent regularly.

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