Singapore

Dengue cases expected to rise this year

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has warned that the number of dengue infections will be high this year, and cases are expected to spike earlier than in previous years.

This is due to high numbers in what is usually the low season, increases in the mosquito population and a change in the dominant viral strain.

Yesterday, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli visited Singapore's biggest dengue cluster with 195 cases, which is also in his constituency of Tampines GRC.

NEA officers have found 86 breeding sites there so far, including 60 in homes and one in a construction site.

Mr Masagos wrote on Facebook: "We found mosquitoes and larvae in some of the Gravitraps, indicating a high level of mosquito activity... We need to prevent mosquito breeding. But NEA officers and town councils cannot achieve this alone."

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