Govt steps up fight against dengue

Govt steps up fight against dengue
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013
By Winona Wee

SINGAPORE - With dengue cases hitting a new high in Singapore, the authorities are stepping up efforts to combat the scourge.

Yesterday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said it will partner the Ministry of Health to launch a new anti-dengue campaign on April 28.

Called "Do The Mozzie Wipeout", it will see colour- coded banners being used to highlight to residents in active dengue clusters the situation in their area, with red being the most severe.

NEA is also planning to recruit 200 volunteers - on top of its 800 officers - to conduct house visits to inform residents of the severity of dengue in their estates, using the new colour-coded system.

The volunteers will also encourage residents to take five easy steps to prevent dengue, including turning over water-storage containers and covering bamboo-pole holders.

The dengue virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito.

The NEA said on Monday that, in the week from April 7 to 13, the number of dengue cases hit 492, the highest weekly figure since 2005. With the dengue season peaking from next month to October, NEA expects the situation to get worse.

There were 4,334 dengue cases reported from the beginning of the year until last Saturday, compared to 4,632 for the whole of last year.

Of the cases this year, 24 patients had a life-threatening form of dengue, but no deaths have yet been reported.

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