19 Jan '17, 11am

NEA Urges Continued Vigilance To Avoid Surge In Dengue Cases In 2017

NEA Urges Continued Vigilance To Avoid Surge In Dengue Cases In 2017

60 per cent increase in Aedes aegypti mosquito population in December 2016 compared to that in October 2016 Singapore, 19 January 2017 – While the current number of dengue cases is relatively low, the National Environment Agency (NEA) is forecasting that the number of cases could increase in the next few months, peaking in the middle of the year. A contributing factor and key concern is the higher Aedes aegypti [1] mosquito population in the past month. NEA’s Gravitrap surveillance system has detected about 60 per cent more Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in December 2016 than in October 2016[2] . If left unchecked, the high Aedes aegypti population may lead to a surge in dengue cases in 2017. NEA therefore urges all members of the public and stakeholders to stay vigilant, and work together as a community to stem dengue transmission. 2 Another factor which may lead to an increase...

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