Dengue: Know the symptoms and how to protect yourself
Dengue: Know the symptoms and how to protect yourself
The number of dengue cases in Singapore have been on the rise, with this year’s numbers already at an all-time high
min read Published on 06 Aug 2020

Dengue has so far killed 20 people in Singapore, and the cumulative number of dengue cases this year stands at over 22,400 (as of 4 August 2020)

There are close to 400 dengue clusters around our island (as of 4 August 2020) - these refer to localities with active transmission, and where intervention is targeted. You can get notifications on areas with higher Aedes aegypti mosquito population with the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) myENV app.

Know the symptoms

Here’s what dengue may look like:

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from dengue, is prevention.

The Aedes mosquito prefers to breed in clean stagnant water easily found in our homes.

'' All it takes is clean, stagnant water as small in
volume as the size of a 20-cent coin, for mosquitoes to breed. '' 

Enforcement and enhanced penalties

Since 15 July 2020, enhanced penalties have been imposed on households, construction sites and Town Councils found to be breeding mosquitoes.
Heavier penalties are imposed on households with:

  • Repeated mosquito breeding offences;
  • Multiple mosquito breeding habitats detected in a single inspection;
  • Mosquito breeding detected after having received a legal notice from NEA.

Protect yourself and your families

NEA shared that all residents, especially those living in dengue cluster areas, should do the following three protective actions:

  1. Spray insecticide in dark corners around the house
  2. Apply insect repellent regularly
  3. Wear long sleeve tops and long pants
'' Persons with dengue can help prevent further transmission by applying repellent regularly so that mosquitoes do not bite them and pick up the virus from them. ''

In addition, practise the Mozzie Wipeout at least once a week, to prevent the Aedes mosquito from breeding in your homes and nearby areas. Follow the steps:

  1. Loosen hardened soil
  2. Turn over pails
  3. Tip vases
  4. Flip flowerpot plates
  5. Clear the roof gutter and place BTI insecticide Readers Say
We asked for your dengue prevention tips and you responded!

“I am reminded to regularly use repellent when i see those yellow or red zone posters go up. I didn't use to reapply, but ever since my father got dengue I now carry a small bottle with me.  I spray insecticide in the dark corners in my home and hard to reach places. Sometimes if leave the house for a couple of hours I will spray larger areas.” – Anita B, a project manager

“I use a mosquito repellant when I play at the field at school, or when I’m going to a place that’s a dengue cluster. I also check flower pots to see if there is excess water from watering the plants. If there is, I would wash the pot and tray.” – Keito, 9.

“Vegetation is a natural breeding ground for mosquitos and the aedes mosquito tends to be more active just after sunrise and before sunset. While walking or exercising, I think its good to keep a reasonable distance away from trees and other vegetation. And help look out for friends and family! It would be great if we can keep our eyes open and alert each other when necessary.” - Mini, a senior associate at EDB

“Repellent is a must for me and my family. We often go to parks and other outdoor areas, so we’d use mosquito patches, and wear long sleeves if necessary.” – Joshua F, dad of 2.