By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The number of dengue fever cases and deaths continue to rise in Singapore. According to the latest National Environment Agency (NEA) data, 8946 cases have been reported through July 31–about five times more than the total number of dengue cases reported in the same period last year.
In addition, the dengue death total has risen to nine through July 20, according to local news accounts.
Low immunity among the population against the dengue virus is likely to be contributing to the surge in dengue infections this year, especially as mosquito numbers remain persistently high, said local health and environment experts recently.
It is peak season for dengue in Singapore and the NEA is focusing its efforts at large clusters across the across the island. They are advising residents to be alert to the threat of dengue. 60% of mosquito breeding has been detected in homes by NEA, with this figure being higher at around 70% in some dengue cluster areas.
Thus all residents living in cluster areas are strongly encouraged to protect themselves by: carrying out the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout regularly to remove stagnant water from the environment; using mosquito repellent to prevent mosquito bites; and cooperating with NEA officers to facilitate our checks and indoor misting in their homes. Those who are unwell and show symptoms suggestive of dengue should seek medical attention early.