Dengue is back: is your area affected?

Dengue is back: is your area affected?

TheRedDotNews·2017-12-12 17:17

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Do you stay in Bedok or nearby? If you are, be careful!

Dengue is back and Bedok is hit the worst. Since October, there has been 57 reported cases at block 713, 715, 716, 717, 718, 719 and 721 at Bedok Reservoir Road.

Just 10 reported cases alone would have classified the area as high-risk, much less 57 cases in such a short period of time.

To combat the situation, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has been actively investigating and spraying the area. Since October, NEA had already destroyed a total of 47 breeding grounds, 16 in common areas and 31 in homes, but it does not seem to be enough.

To keep residents safe, NEA had put up banners and posters to increase awareness. They had also issued advisory notices prior to spraying the area. Furthermore, they had also urged residents to allow their officers into their homes to conduct indoor spraying.

The Aljunied-Hougang Town Council is also cooperating with NEA to improve the situation. Other than its pest control contractor checking for potential breeding spots everyday, the town council is also conducting chemical oiling to prevent more mosquitoes from breeding.

They had also visited the residents to distribute pamphlets and insect repellents to raise awareness of the issue.

Dengue vaccine?

While there is a vaccine available, it seems that it do nothing much to those who have never gotten dengue before. It seems that the anti-dengue vaccine might actually lead to severe infections, especially for those who have not gotten the disease before.

Children who receive the dengue vaccine are more likely to get severe dengue after immunisation.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include:

- Sudden, high fever

- Severe headaches

- Pain behind the eyes

- Severe joint and muscle pain

- Fatigue

- Nausea

- Vomiting

- Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever

- Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)

What to do if you have dengue?

Other than the vaccine, there is no medication for dengue. Other than taking painkillers, you should rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see your doctor.

Of course, it is best to check your home and the common area outside your home to ensure that you are not breeding mosquitoes!

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