With the year of the pig creeping up, most of us are wishing for some extra success luck and prosperity. But it might be more prudent to hope to be free from dengue instead.
The number of dengue cases has risen to 455 just in the first 2 weeks of January. This is a three-fold increase as compared to the same time last year.
This information was provided by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources. In a Facebook post, she mentioned that increasing temperatures and rainfall patterns due to climate change are the main culprits.
Clusters all over the island-nation
While there are a total of 55 dengue clusters scattered in various places, the top 3 clusters with the most cases were singled out to be Bedok, Eastwood & Kaki Bukit, according to National Environment Agency (NEA).
Bedok has had 132 cases since the cluster began while Eastwood and Kaki Bukit has 59 and 34 respectively.
13 other spots including Jurong, Changi and Woodlands were in the red zone, or high-risk areas with more than 10 cases each.
Use the dengue case tracker provided by NEA to see your location.
Squash dengue with a CNY spring cleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t just to kick off the new year with a fresh start, but to also get rid of Aedes breeding spots— don’t forget to clean up your compounds or any spots that trap water.
Look out for these dengue symptoms
- Sudden onset of fever for 2-7 days
- A severe headache with pain behind the eyes
- Joint and muscle pain
- Skin rashes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mild bleeding (e.g. nose or gum bleed, or easy bruising of the Symptoms usually appear 4-7 days after being bitten (ranges from 3-14 days).
Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have dengue. Do all you can to prevent getting infected by wearing repellent and covering up if you’re out and about.
Particularly, if you’re out after 7 pm which seems to be the prime time for mosquitoes.