Dengue cases in 2019 already surpass total cases in 2018: NEA statistics

Aedes aegypti mosquito. (PHOTO: Reuters/James Gathany)

SINGAPORE — The number of dengue fever cases reported this year has already surpassed the total number of cases for the entire 2018, according to figures from the National Environment Agency (NEA) website.

As of 3pm on Thursday (16 May), there have been 3,455 dengue fever cases recorded in 2019, more than the 3,285 cases reported in 2018 and 2,772 cases in 2017.

For the week ending 11 May, the NEA received 291 reports of dengue fever cases in Singapore, the highest weekly record received this year.

NEA said on its website, “The number of weekly reported dengue cases have been on an upward trend and more than doubled in the past seven weeks.

“NEA urges all members of the public and stakeholders to take active steps to keep the mosquito population in check to prevent any further increase in dengue cases.”

Three people – all in their 70s – have died from the illness this year.

44 active dengue clusters in S’pore

As of Monday, there are 44 active dengue clusters, with the five largest clusters located at:

  • Woodlands Avenue 6, Woodlands Crescent, Woodlands Drive 60, Woodlands Dr 72

  • Woodlands Ave 6, Woodlands Dr 62, Woodlands Dr 73, Woodlands Dr 75

  • Chai Chee Dr, Chai Chee Road, Chai Chee Street

  • Guillemard Rd, Lorong 8 Geylang, Lor 12 Geylang, Lor 14 Geylang, Lor 16 Geylang, Lor 20 Geylang, Lor 22 Geylang, Westerhout Rd

  • Jalan Chengam, Jln Gelenggang, Jln Kuras, Jln Leban, Jln Tarum, Sembawang Hills Dr, St Nicholas View, Thomson Walk.

NEA encourages all residents and stakeholders to play their part to help stem dengue transmission, by doing the five-step “Mozzie Wipeout” as follows:

  • Turn the pail

  • Tip the vase

  • Flip the flowerpot plate

  • Loosen the hardened soil

  • Clear the roof gutter and place insecticide inside

Symptoms of dengue

Those infected with dengue should protect themselves from mosquito bites by applying repellent regularly. The symptoms of dengue include:

  • Sudden onset of fever for two to seven days

  • Severe headache with retro-orbital (behind the eye) pain

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Skin rashes

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Bleeding from the nose or gums

  • Easy bruising in the skin

The latest dengue updates can be found on the NEA website, Stop Dengue Now Facebook page or myENV app.

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