By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Singapore government has now reported more than 27,000 dengue fever cases through Aug 28 in this record setting year after recording around one thousand cases during the past week.

In addition, 20 deaths have been recorded to date.

In addition to educating the general public on the prevention of dengue fever, the National Environment Agency (NEA) is working with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to provide mosquito repellent to schools in larger dengue cluster areas.

This is to further protect the young from getting infected with dengue, and also to get their family members used to taking steps to protect themselves against dengue, especially where their schools and residences are located in larger dengue cluster areas. Over 46,000 bottles of mosquito repellent have been distributed to students in selected schools.

To complement this effort, these schools have also procured mosquito repellent for use in the classroom. In addition, all schools have taught their students how to prevent mosquito breeding and have reiterated the three key protective actions against dengue – ‘Spray, Apply, Wear’ or ‘SAW’ in short – to parents through the schools’ network, so that both students and their parents are better equipped to protect themselves and their loved ones. As the situation develops, NEA and MOE will continue to work together to provide mosquito repellent to other schools that are located in large dengue clusters of concern.