By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In 2013, Singapore reported the largest dengue fever outbreak in recent history recording some 22,318 cases and eight deaths.

As of June 4, 2020, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has reported in excess of 9,500 dengue cases, the highest for the same period of the year since 2013, the record year.

Since the beginning of May, officials have reported between more than 500 to 733 cases weekly. Singapore has not seen such a high weekly number of cases since the peak years in 2013 and 2014.

12 dengue related fatalities have been recorded to date.

The traditional dengue peak season could last for a few months, from June to October, immediate actions must be taken to break disease transmission. NEA urgently seeks the community’s support to ensure that their homes (including 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.

NEA has observed a five-fold increase in the incidence of Aedes mosquito larvae detected in homes and common corridors in residential areas during the two-months Circuit Breaker period compared to the two months prior.




Aedes aegypti mosquito