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Interesting Facts You Need to Know about Dengue Fever in Singapore

Dengue cases are on the rise again.

With the unseasonably warmer temperatures this January, the Aedes mosquito population has increased.

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Click here for more information on symptoms and treatment and read on for facts you should know.

  • The dengue virus is only carried by the Aedes mosquito.

  • They only bite during day with peak times occurring at dawn and dusk.

  • Virus cannot be transmitted person to person.

  • Lay eggs in water (and prefer clean water, which is why you are encouraged to remove standing water from your home.

  • Only females bite and can lay up to 100 eggs at one time. They may lay eggs up to five times during their lifetime. (Hence, a boom in the population.)

  • Mosquitoes do not die after they bite. In fact, it is the blood that helps her to develop eggs.

  • The lifecycle is anywhere from eight days to two weeks – from egg to larvae, pupae and into an adult mosquito.

  • Eggs can survive for months and hatch when submerged in water.

  • The mosquito becomes infective approximately seven days after it has bitten someone carrying the virus.

  • There are 4 closely related types of the virus (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4).

  • Once you contract one strain you will have lifelong immunity against that particular strain.

  • Subsequent infections by other strains increases the risk of more serious infection.

  • There are two types of the virus: Dengue Fever and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF). DHF is the severe form.

  • Although there is no drug for dengue, early detection can significantly help to alleviate symptoms.

  • Your doctor can test your blood for the virus.

  • According to the World Health Organization, cases worldwide are rapidly increasing and spreading to areas where there has never before been a risk. Japan recently had outbreak after 70 absences. France and Croatia both reported cases in 2010, now putting Europe at risk.

Visit the National Environment Agency’s website to learn more about dengue clusters near you, what the government is doing to prevent further outbreaks and how you can help!

Don’t forget your mozzie spray!

By Kathleen Siddell, January 2016

Photo: 123rf.com

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