Dengue Red Alert Clusters Involve 298 Cases In Last 2 Weeks Of Aug Across Singapore
Noticed heavy fumigation in your residential area lately? This is probably due to a spate of dengue clusters in Singapore’s heartlands.
At the time of writing, these are the zones the National Environment Agency (NEA) have declared as ‘red alert’ or ‘high-risk’ areas.
But before you get too alarmed at the numbers, rest assured that there are simple steps to take, to protect yourself and your loved ones from the mozzie bites.
44 red alert dengue clusters in Singapore in Aug
The major dengue clusters are located in Northwest, Central and East of Singapore with large estates like Choa Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Marine Parade, Bedok and Tampines affected.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the numbers since the dengue clusters were designated, but the full stats are available for viewing directly on NEA’s site.
- Choa Chu Kang (230) – 109, 98, 13, 10 cases
- Bishan (171) – 68, 39, 37, 17, 10 cases
- Aljunied – 127 cases
- Hougang (119) – 65, 42, 12 cases
- Joo Chiat (116) – 102, 14 cases
- Toa Payoh (105) – 39, 34, 19, 13 cases
- Eunos – 96 cases
- Tampines (90) – 76, 14 cases
- Ang Mo Kio (86) – 63, 23 cases
- Commonwealth (72) – 53, 19 cases
- Yio Chu Kang – 58 cases
- Bedok (55) – 22, 21, 12 cases
- Macpherson (53) – 34, 19 cases
- Bukit Batok (35) – 21, 14 cases
- Serangoon – 25 cases
- Bendemeer – 19 cases
- Yishun – 18 cases
- River Valley – 16 cases
- Simei – 16 cases
- Marine Parade – 14 cases
- Potong Pasir – 13 cases
- Geylang Bahru – 13 cases
- Sengkang – 12 cases
- Bukit Panjang – 10 cases
Current Total: 1,569 dengue cases*
*Figures are accurate as of 28 Aug. A ‘Red Alert’ area is defined as a high-risk area with 10 or more confirmed cases of dengue.
These numbers reflect the confirmed dengue cases since all Red Zone clusters were designated.
Exact block addresses affected for each estate are available here on NEA’s website.
Try to spot dengue fever symptoms early
Remember that elderly members of your family, and young ones should take extra precautions as their weaker immune systems may make them more susceptible to complications, if they catch the virus.
Look out for signs of the virus as follows.
Dengue symptoms include:
- Sudden high fever lasting for 2-7 days
- Severe headaches
- Skin rash
- Nausea & vomiting
- Bleeding nose or gums
- Easily bruised skin
- Intense joint & muscle pain
- Intense pain behind the eyes
Citizens who display signs of dengue fever are advised to seek immediate medical help, and serve the full course of your MC where applicable.
Household tips to prevent mosquitoes from breeding
Here are a few simple steps to take in your household to help curb the spread of dengue.
Look out for Aedes mosquito breeding habitats in these common locations at home:
- Flower bowls/vases
- Dish-drying trays
- Ground puddles
- Gully traps
- Scupper drains
Insecticide is a safe bet, to destroy breeding habitats along common HDB corridors and within homes.
With your neighbours all on the lookout, and regular fumigation in common areas of your housing estate, mosquito breeding sites can be eradicated easily.
Stay vigilant to protect your loved ones
Do share this with anyone you know who may be at risk of frequenting these dengue clusters.
Thankfully, NEA has been providing up-to-date information on the cases discovered in Singapore, and awareness is the first step to preventing the spread.
We must remain vigilant and take necessary steps to protect our loved ones, and ourselves from dengue.
Featured image adapted from The Independent via YouTube.