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Dengue cases continued to drop as only 125 cases were diagnosed between 2 and 8 October accoring to the figures by the National Environment Agency (NEA).

This weekly figure is 13 cases fewer than last week. As of 3 pm on 10 October, it said that another 12 cases were reported.

Source : NEA.
Source : NEA.

The total people infected with dengue have reached 12,158 cases. This has exceeded the total cases reported on the whole 2015 with 11,286 cases.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) warned that the number of cases this year might reach more than 30,000 cases, almost double the number of 11,286 cases reported in 2015. This means that this year will be marked as the highest cases report in history, exceeding 22,170 cases reported in 2013, based on the speed of infections in the start of the year.

Currently, there are 28 active dengue clusters across the island, with six areas classified as high risk. A cluster in Yishun Avenue 4 and Yishun Street 61 has the highest risk with 56 cases reported, seven of which were diagnosed in the past fortnight.

Source : NEA.
Source : NEA.

The same mosquito vector which transmits dengue also transmits Zika, yellow fever, and Chikungunya. The vector control implemented will also help to prevent Zika and other vector borne diseases from taking roots in the country.

On 4 October, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) had approved the use of dengue vaccines.

According to HSA, two groups of experts from HSA’s Medicines Advisory Committee and Dengue Expert Panel, comprising medical doctors and infectious diseases specialists, were consulted during the review to ensure that the vaccine is relevant and the benefits outweigh the risks for the Singapore population.

Members of the public are encouraged to do the 5-step Mozzie workout.

Source : NEA.
Source : NEA.

 

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