4 more people have died from dengue fever, bring the total number of deaths from dengue fever to 16!
More than 13,500 people have been infected this year alone and we are only halfway through.
There are now 307 active clusters out of which 102 clusters have been labelled as high risk. Clusters are labelled as high risk when 10 or more people have been infected within 150m of each other in 2 3-week period.
Out of the 102 high risk clusters, there are 9 clusters with more than 100 cases. The biggest cluster is in Woodleigh area in Potong Pasir, which is under PAP, where Mr Sitoh Yih Pin is the MP. This cluster alone has 215 people infected!
The number of infections have been coming down significantly over the past 2 weeks.
The numbers remain high because they are cumulative.
Mr Chua Kian Meng, chairman of Potong Pasir's Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC) said he has been really concerned since the first cluster started in April 2020.
With the Circuit Breaker in place, drains and common areas were not properly maintained as they could not get workers to do maintenance. Lian Beng Construction's worksite at Potong Pasir Avenue 1 has been found to breed mosquitoes and was issued a stop-work order last Wednesday.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) urges the construction industry to play its part to curb dengue transmission and protect their workers and residents around their work sites against dengue.
What is Dengue Fever?
Dengue fever is caused by infection with a dengue virus. There are four serotypes of dengue virus (DENV1-4) circulating in the world. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.
Dengue fever usually develops within 4 - 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms 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 or easy bruising of the skin
Dengue haemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome is a severe form of dengue fever that could result in death.
Do seek immediate medical advice if you suspect you may have dengue as dengue fever can be life threatening!
A dengue vaccine, approved by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), is also available for individuals aged 12 to 45 years.
IREsimply81 urge everyone to play their part by checking their household regularly to prevent mosquito breeding. Everyone should also take precautions such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve tops and long pants when going out.
Let's eradicate Dengue together!