More than 4,000 dengue cases to date, NEA urges public to take precautions to prevent outbreak, Latest Singapore News

The variety of Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding circumstances detected nearly doubled to 2,400 final month, up from 1,300 in February, the Nationwide Setting Company (NEA) mentioned on Saturday (April 16).

Because the begin of the 12 months, greater than 4,000 dengue circumstances have been reported. “The overall numbers are literally twice of the place we had been in the identical interval final 12 months,” mentioned NEA’s deputy chief government and director-general of public well being Chew Ming Fai.

“The development is definitely worrying as a result of the standard dengue season is from June to October. Proper now, we’re in April and the numbers are already larger than the place they had been final 12 months,”, added Mr Chew at a Nationwide Dengue Prevention Marketing campaign 2022 outreach occasion at Hoover Park Property in Bukit Timah.

NEA mentioned within the week ending April 9, 643 circumstances had been reported – 134 greater than the earlier week.

As of Thursday (April 14), there are 164 lively clusters, with the 5 largest in Holland, Bukit Timah, Bukit Batok, Woodlands Avenue 1 and Woodlands Drive.

NEA mentioned the surge in circumstances this 12 months is brought on by three elements – a excessive Aedes aegypti mosquito inhabitants detected in the neighborhood, the mosquitoes carrying an unusual dengue virus serotype 3 (DENV-3) and a proportion of individuals nonetheless staying in and dealing from dwelling.

Final 12 months, a complete of 5,258 dengue circumstances was logged.

NEA rolled out the prevention marketing campaign on March 30 to fight the sharp surge in circumstances this 12 months. A purple banner, along with the present crimson, yellow and inexperienced ones, was launched and put up in locations with persistently excessive populations of Aedes mosquitoes and a larger danger of a cluster forming.

In help of the marketing campaign and given the rise in dengue circumstances within the neighbourhood, MP of Jurong Spring Shawn Huang visited the properties of Hoover Park Property residents to boost consciousness.

“I believe the one manner (to handle the scenario) is to collaborate and guarantee that everybody does the mosquito prevention actions. That’s the solely manner we are able to reverse the development and preserve everybody secure and wholesome,” he mentioned.

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