Published On: Mon, May 27th, 2013

Singapore continues to see the numbers of dengue and chikungunya fever cases rise VIDEO

Despite intensive mosquito-control operations and getting citizens involve in dengue prevention with the “Do the Mozzie Wipeout” campaign, the cases of mosquito borne diseases in the city-state continue to rise.

Female Aedes aegypti mosquito Image/James Gathany

Female Aedes aegypti mosquito
Image/James Gathany

According to the latest numbers from the Singaporean National Environmental Agency (NEA), Singapore has recorded 7,820 dengue fever cases since the beginning of the year (a little less than five months).

This is much higher than the total number of cases reported for the whole of last year and 2011. There were 4,632 cases reported last year and 5,330 reported in 2011.

In addition to the skyrocketing dengue cases in Singapore, The Star Online reported Sunday that another mosquito borne virus is also taking hold in the country.

With at least 60 cases reported in May alone, the number of mosquito borne chikungunya fever cases in Singapore has tripled the number of cases seen in the last three years combined.

With a total of 184 cases of the less severe chikungunya seen thus far in 2013, it is a three-fold increase from the 60 cases reported from 2010 to 2012.

In previous years, the majority of chikungunya cases were imported into the country, where unlike dengue fever, chikungunya is not endemic in Singapore.

However, the report notes 2013 is turning out to be very different. Of the 184 cases, only six were infected abroad. The rest caught the virus brought in by one or more of the six.

A spokesman for the National Environment Agency (NEA) said: “Over the past two months, NEA has been conducting intensive mosquito-control operations within the vicinity of the patients’ workplace and residences, and the areas that they frequent.”

Watch the video–The Dengue Danger from the NEA Clean Green Singapore

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