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14 mai 2020 | 03h45 UTC

Singapore: Dengue outbreak ongoing as of May 13

Singapore Alerte de sécurité

Health officials record over 7000 cases of dengue fever as of May 13; take precautions against mosquitos

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/5/2020, 12h00 until 30/5/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Singapore). COUNTRY/REGION Singapore

Event

As of Wednesday, May 13, health officials in Singapore have reported over 7000 cases of dengue fever in the country, with about 300 to 400 new cases being reported each week. 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.

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 fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).

 

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