Getting people to remain at home for as long as possible and limiting the time spent outside has spurred or give rise to another deadly disease in Singapore: Dengue
From 14 – 19 June 2020, there has been a total of 1081 Dengue cases according to NEA
Transmission of Dengue
Dengue is transmitted by the bite of a female Aedes mosquito. The insect species is widespread in Southeast Asia and thrives in sources of stagnant water in and around dwellings.
People have spent more time in their homes to reduce transmission of Covid-19, and a World Health Organization spokesperson said the movement restrictions may be preventing communities and households from cleaning up potential mosquito-breeding sites in the neighborhood.
As such, lockdowns could potentially have created an environment where mosquitoes are interacting more with the population than they would otherwise
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The rise of Dengue in 2020
As of 19 June, Singapore has a total of 1081 Dengue cases and 108 new cases on 19 June. The main clusters of Dengue cases are from: Woodlands, Potong Pasir, Aljunied, Tampines and Geylang with the leading cluster in Woodlands with a total of 211 cases.
Singapore had 211 active dengue clusters as of June 15 and at least 11,166 people are known to have caught the virus from Jan. 1 to June 15, according to data from the NEA. Infections may match or top the 22,170 cases reported in 2013, the largest dengue outbreak in the city-state’s history.
As of 17 June 2020, Indonesia has recorded some 64,251 dengue cases in 2020, almost 60% more than at the same time last year. Bali, the popular tourist destination, has almost 9,000 infections.
In neighboring Malaysia, weekly cases have climbed to 1,927, according to the Ministry of Health, which expects the current wave to last until September. A longer than expected rainy season in the region is contributing to the increase in cases.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
Symptoms of dengue typically last 2–7 days. Most people will recover after about a week
- Nausea, vomiting
- Aches and pains (eye pain, typically behind the eyes, muscle, joint, or bone pain)
- Stomach or belly pain, tenderness
- Vomiting (at least 3 times in 24 hours)
- Bleeding from the nose or gums
- Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool
- Feeling tired, restless, or irritable
Find out more symptoms and treatments available at: https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/symptoms/index.html
How can I prevent Dengue Fever
There are currently no vaccines available for Dengue hence it is exceptionally important to know how to prevent it.
Many health organizations suggest the following to protect yourself from dengue:
- Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants.
- Treat clothes with repellents like permethrin.
- Consider using mosquito netting if you will be in an area with many mosquitoes.
- Make sure windows and doors screens are closed to avoid allowing mosquitoes into inclosed spaces.
- Avoid areas with standing water. Especially at times of high mosquito activity like dawn and dusk.
- Use Mosquito Repellent
Find out more on how to avoid Dengue at: https://www.cdc.gov/features/avoid-dengue/index.html
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