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13 Jan 2019 | 03:24 PM UTC

Singapore: 3285 dengue fever cases reported in 2018

Singapore News Alert

Health officials report 3285 cases of dengue fever in 2018; take precautions against mosquitoes

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Singapore). COUNTRY/REGION Singapore

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Event

Health officials have reported at least 3285 cases of dengue fever throughout Singapore in 2018, a nearly 20 percent increase over the number of cases reported in 2017. In addition, authorities have reported a 40 percent increase in the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (the mosquito responsible for the transmission of the disease) spotted in the country.

Context

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease found mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. In a small number of cases, the potentially deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) may develop, resulting in internal bleeding, enlargement of the liver, and high fever.

Advice

Individuals present in Singapore are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping in a screened-in or air-conditioned room) and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds on their properties (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).

 

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