Dengue fever : Mozzies are back!
Dengue warning level on high alert with 67 cases reported this week.
The number of dengue fever cases have reached “warning levels” yet it is still a far cry from the dengue fever outbreak of 2007 when it hit a peak of 432 in July 2007. It is also considered on a lower end of high alert compared to the dengue epidemic of 2005 where 25 people died from dengue.
As of today, according to the Ministry of Health, there has been about 67 reported cases of dengue. Last month saw a weekly average of 146 cases while 185 cases were reported last week. The MOH’s Weekly Infectious Disease Bulletin, published online, puts the warning level for dengue at 146 cases a week. An epidemic level is reached at 191 dengue fever cases a week.
“Given that dengue cases have been relatively low in the past years since the 2005 outbreak, this year’s warning and epidemic levels are at the lower end,” said an NEA spokesman in a statement on Tuesday.
Currently, only the Jalan Kelichap/ Upper Paya Lebar cluster has more than 10 cases of dengue fever. The following is a list compiled by the National Environment Agency (NEA) of clusters with less than 10 cases:
- Bt Batok East Ave 5 (Blk 246)
- Ceylon Rd
- Compassvale Rd / Compassvale Dr
- Hougang Ave 1 / Jln Pelikat
- Jln Lye Kwee / Hougang Ave 7 (Blk 339)
- Lor Melayu / Lor Marzuki
- Pasir Ris St 11 (Blk 126, 134)
- Paya Lebar Cres / Lor Ah Soo
- Sea Ave / East Coast Rd
- Segar Rd (Blk 469, 473)
- St Michaels Rd
- Tampines St 21 (Blk 270, 271)
- Tanjong Rhu Rd
- Ubi Cres (Blk 60, 69)
- Woodlands Dr 14 (Blk 506, 508)
- Woodlands St 13 (Blk 159, 165)
- Woodlands St 13 / Woodlands St 31 (Blk 173, 316, 318)
- Yishun St 72 (Blk 752)
- Yishun St 81 (Blk 876, 878)
- Yung Sheng Rd (Blk 177, 179)
The NEA has also launched a first-of-its-kind application for smart phone users today. Known as myENV, which stands for “My Environment”, this application provides useful information on the environment to the public, such as air quality, weather information, as well as dengue clusters. You can easily monitor the dengue situation at a click of a button. MyENV is now available on the APPS store and on the NEA website. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/nJMK7x.
The dengue alert may not be on an all time high but NEA advises everyone to frequently check and remove stagnant water in your premises in order to prevent the Aedes mosquitoes from breeding. Tell us how you will safeguard your children and family from dengue fever?
Photo credit: NEA