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07 Jun 2020 | 07:03 PM UTC

Singapore: Dengue outbreak ongoing as of June 2

Singapore News Alert

Singaporean health officials record over 9000 cases of dengue fever as of June 2; take precautions against mosquitos

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/21/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Singapore). COUNTRY/REGION Singapore

Event

As of Tuesday, June 2, health officials in Singapore have reported 9261 cases of dengue fever in the country, with about 700 to 900 new cases having been reported over the past two weeks. The current figures are more than double the number of reported cases last year for the same period, with officials warning that the total number of annual cases could exceed the 22,170 cases reported in 2013. Authorities are continuing to implement public health measures to hinder the further spread of the disease, including fumigation campaigns aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

As of June 2, the total number of deaths caused by the virus in 2020 numbers at 12. Further spread of the disease is likely over the coming weeks.

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 freshwater, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flowerpots, clogged gutters, etc.).

 

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