Singapore on alert for potential dengue fever increase in the coming months

As of now, infection with dengue fever in Singapore is low with only 70 cases being reported in the first week of January. However, this may not be the case for long. According to the National Environment Agency, 60% more of the mosquitoes that are responsible for dengue fever have been detected. Officials are advising residents to start taking precautions to minimize any future outbreaks of the disease.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other areas does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.