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Published On: Mon, May 13th, 2013

Singapore experiencing dengue epidemic in the thousands, being compared to 2005 epidemic

The island city-state of Singapore is in a real battle with mosquito borne diseases in 2013, in fact,  the total number of dengue cases to date this year is already 28% more than the total number of cases for the whole year of 2012.

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In addition to dengue fever, they are also experiencing a outbreak of chikungunya infections, also transmitted by mosquitoes. To date, there has been 126 cases.

According to the Singapore National Environmental Agency (NEA), as of 4 May 2013, the total number of dengue cases is 5,928. All of 2012 had only 4,632 cases.

This year is already drawing comparisons to 2005 when 14,000 people fell sick and 25 died from the mosquito borne viral disease.

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The NEA has started programs for dengue awareness and prevention targeting four groups–gardeners, residents, students and foreign workers, in an attempt to get the current outbreak under control.

In fact, the Singapore government has gone as far as breaking into homes to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds.

Bloomberg Business Week reported reported last week that inspectors have broken into three homes suspected of housing mosquitoes since the start of the year.

They cut the delay before forcing entry into locked premises to one week from two this month, according to the NEA.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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