Battling the Covid-19 pandemic has been tough, but it looks like we have to be on alert for another health threat that’s been around for much longer — dengue.
In a media release on 10 Mar, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) said that the weekly reported dengue cases in Singapore are rising sharply.
In the week prior to the news, NEA recorded 264 cases — up from 199 the week before. This was a rather startling increase of 65 cases in just 1 week.
Likely concerned for the public, NEA advised all households to stay vigilant and take preventive measures against mosquito breeding in a bid to reduce the case count.
According to NEA’s media release, Singapore has seen more than 1,500 reported dengue cases as of the week ending 5 Mar.
Since the start of the year, the weekly number of reported dengue cases has apparently been increasing steadily.
In the latest week, there was a sharp jump to 264 cases.
As of 7 Mar, NEA recorded 53 active dengue clusters, including 12 red clusters located at:
The rise in cases comes after NEA detected high Aedes aegypti mosquito population in some areas, which if left unchecked, may lead to even more cases sprouting up soon.
Hoping to reduce dengue transmissions in the neighbourhoods, NEA advised all residents to carry out preventive measures, including doing the Mozzie Wipeout once a week.
Some of the steps they can take include:
Additionally, residents can use the myENV app to receive notifications on areas that have a higher Aedes aegypti mosquito population.
NEA will be deploying new banners at areas with persistently high mosquito populations to alert residents at such places.
Here’s an example of what a banner may look like:
Knowing that there are multiple health threats around us is quite concerning, especially during a pandemic.
However, we should trust that we’ll be safe, as long as we take the necessary precautionary measures as NEA has advised us to.
Other than that, remember to use mosquito repellent regularly to protect yourselves and your loved ones.
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Featured image adapted from Mosquito Dunks.
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