Dengue is the world’s fastest-growing disease carried by Aedes mosquitos, and has increased 30 times over a decade. The disease affects millions around the world.
Infected mosquitos can be found in urban areas, both indoors and outdoors. They tend to breed anywhere water collects (e.g. storage containers, old tyres, open food containers, pet bowls, flowerpots, etc)
Do you know?
- In 2017, Dengue has infected nearly 12,000 people in Singapore.
- As of 2 April 2018, there were 5 active dengue clusters.
- 500 thousand with severe dengue require hospitalization each year (WHO)
- 12.5 thousand with severe dengue die each year. (WHO)
- There two types of mosquitos-Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.
- One bite is enough for an infected mosquito to pass on the dengue virus.
- In some cases, Dengue can be life-threatening.
- Dengue can infect you more than once as there are four dengue viruses.
- Feeling feverish and achy
- Swollen glands
- Severe pain
Severe dengue can cause:
- Fluid build-up around the lungs, which may cause difficulty in breathing.
- Severe bleeding, such as from the nose and gums, and even internally.
- Organ damage, such as liver problems, swelling in the brain and heart problems.
Risk of severe dengue is higher if you have had dengue before., especially when someone is infected a second time by a different type of dengue virus.
If you diagnosed with dengue, it can disrupt your life in many ways:
- Spending up to 7 days feeling ill in bed.
- Having 5 to 10 days off work or school.
- Experiencing extreme tiredness that lasts from 2-6 months.
- Possibility of the hospitalization or routine follow ups.
- Incurring significant and unrespecting costs.
Steps you and your family can take against dengue:
- There is no cure for dengue. Mosquitoes, including the ones that carry dengue, often approach from behind to bite ankles and elbows and can go unnoticed, so it is important to stay protected every day, wherever you are.
- Try using aerosols or vaporisers, and mosquito coils.
- When you are outside your home, wear clothing that covers the skin, and use insect repellents.
Stop mosquitos making a home. Always be alert around your home, change water in vases/bowls an alternative days, remove water from flower plates, cover bamboo pole holders when not in use, clear blockage and put BTI insecticides in roof gutters every month.
National Environment Agency (NEA) launched the Dengue Community Alert System in to display colour-coded banners (yellow, red or green banners) in dengue cluster areas to provide timely information to residents of the dengue situation in the precinct.
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