The 'Big' Dengue Outbreak That Could Infect More Singaporeans Than The Coronavirus
Here's why it is concerning.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, there is another headache that could be coming at Singaporeans very soon: a new strain of dengue. And these infections could be more widespread than the COVID-19 infections that have been plaguing Singaporeans.
In fact, since mid-December, dengue cases have been increasing week after week, and are expected to increase further according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).
400 dengue infections were reported just last week—an increase from 371 cases from the previous week. Another 63 cases were reported between Sunday and 3pm on Monday (10 Feb).
To put things in perspective, the number of dengue cases reported this year is 60 per cent higher as compared to the same period last year. 1,723 cases were reported in the first five weeks of the year as compared to 1,057 during the same period last year.
In 2019, Singapore experienced the third-highest number of deaths from dengue infection that led to 20 deaths.
- Begonia Drive (166 cases)
- Gangsa Road (96 cases)
- Jalan Kembangan (85 cases)
- Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 (67 cases) and
- Jurong West Street 91 (57 cases)
To help involve the community, the NEA has made information on areas with relatively higher Aedes aegypti mosquito population available on their NEA website, myENV app and other official channels.
Source: NEA, The Straits Times
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