By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

Through the end of week 52, 2022, the Singapore National Environmental Agency (NEA) reported 32,097 total dengue fever cases. This is the second most cases reported in Singapore in a single year.

This is more than a 500 percent increase in cases compared to the same period in 2021 (5,258).

In 2020, Singapore reported in excess of 35,000 cases making it the worst dengue season on record.

Earlier in the year, the NEA said the increase in dengue cases in 2022 was due to the high Aedes aegypti mosquito population, together with circulation of the previously uncommon DENV-3 that the public had little immunity.

Aedes aegypti mosquito

Increased construction in 2022, climate conditions and rapid testing that is now available have also been pointed at as possible reasons for the high number.

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Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. It causes severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causes a potentially lethal complication. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years globally.