Friday, 14 June 2013

Dengue Fever Outbreak

Update 1 Sep 2016: Dengue cases break 11k mark in peak season

The number of dengue cases in Singapore has crossed the 11,000 mark for this year, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) Dengue Website.

As of Monday, a total of 11,053 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported - just shy of the 11,286 cases in the whole of last year.

Last week saw the number of dengue cases rise to 274, an increase of 52 from the previous week.

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79-year-old man dies of dengue

The Ministry of Health (MOH) & the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday (Aug 4) that they have been notified of the death of a dengue patient at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (MENH).

In a joint media statement, the agencies said that the patient was a 79-yr-old Singaporean male who lived at Eastwood Drive near Upper East Coast Road. He had been admitted to MENH on Jul 30 but his condition deteriorated and he died on Thursday.

This is the 7th reported dengue death in Singapore this year.

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Singapore reports 6th dengue death in 2016; 72-yr-old dies in Changi
A contractor fumigates a garden area to help prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes at a residential estate in Singapore

The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) & the National Environment Agency (NEA) has said a 72-yr-old woman, who was admitted to Changi General Hospital, has become the latest victim of dengue infection.

She was admitted to the hospital on June 22, but her condition deteriorated and she died on June 25.

This year, this was the 6th reported dengue death in Singapore. In 2015, four people died of this disease.

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79-yr-old man dies of dengue, the fifth dengue-related death this year
A banner displaying the number of dengue cases at dengue hotspots in Tampines Ave 4. ST FOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

A 79-yr-old dengue patient died on Sun (May 29) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, two days after he was first admitted.

The Singaporean Chinese man had lived at Jalan Tenaga, an area located within an active six-case dengue cluster, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Sunday.

He is the 5th reported patient to have died from dengue this year, surpassing the 4 who died in the whole of 2015. The last death on March 22 was that of a 73-yr-old woman who lived at Poh Huat Road West.

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79-yr-old man dies from dengue

A 79-yr-old man has died from dengue, making him the 5th reported death from dengue this year.

The previous death from dengue was of a 73-yr-old woman who lived at Poh Huat Road West.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement today that the man had been admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on Fri, May 27.

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47-year-old Singaporean man dies from dengue; first death reported in 2016
Dengue cases have been on the rise since the turn of the year. In the week of Jan 10 to Jan 16, 628 cases were reported.ST FOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

A 47-yr-old Singaporean man is the first person to succumb to the dengue virus in 2016.
Four people died from dengue last year.

In a joint press release on Sunday (Jan 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) said they were notified of his death at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on Friday (24 Jan 2016).

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Singaporean woman, 59, dies from dengue fever ; fourth death this year

A 59-yr-old Singaporean woman has become the fourth person to die of dengue fever here this year.

The woman, who lived at Jalan Minggu in Upper Thomson, was admitted to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on Monday (Dec 7) and died two days later, the Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Thursday (Dec 10, 2015).

The area she lived in was an active dengue cluster with 13 cases. Officers from NEA have found 5 counts of Aedes mosquito breeding and are carrying out vector control operations to kill adult mosquitoes and destroy potential breeding habitats.

Latest Dengue Death in Singapore, Sparks New Warning
A contractor fogs a condominium garden in Singapore in an effort to kill mosquitoes, on Sept. 5. The Singapore government is running a vigorous campaign to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats to reduce the incidence of dengue fever

Authorities in Singapore are warning that Singapore’s most deadly outbreak of dengue fever since 2005 could get worse, after the disease claimed its seventh victim despite a vigorous effort by the government to control the epidemic.

More than 20,000 cases of the tropical, mosquito-borne disease have been identified in Singapore so far in 2013, spawning a series of multi-lingual YouTube videos about and a “Do The Mozzie Wipeout” campaign, launch in April, that promotes a series of at-home steps one can go through to kill mosquitoes and stop the disease from spreading.

In recent months the National Environment Agency, or NEA, has continued to boost measures to bring the rate of infection down by asking for public suggestions about how to make the fight against dengue more fun and engaging, particularly for children.

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7th person dies of dengue
Aedes mosquito (Photo: NEA)

A 53-year old woman has become the seventh local dengue death case this year.

In a joint statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said the dengue patient lived at Hougang Street 22.

MOH and NEA expressed their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased patient.

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Is the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus taking root in Singapore?

The Aedes albopictus mosquito is the primary vector for chikungunya here. For a while, the dengue-like disease had seemingly been eradicated, but this year's outbreak has put paid to hopes of its demise - PHOTO: NEA

The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus appears to have become endemic in Singapore, after it had seemingly been eradicated.

The dengue-like disease took hold in April and there have been 924 cases this year - of which 881 were locally transmitted. Last week, there were 36 new cases.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said the bulk of the infections have been in the Sungei Kadut and Bukit Timah/Holland areas, although four of last week's cases were in the Defu Lane and Defu Avenue areas.

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Dengue this year has consistently been a big issue with over 20,000 cases reported so far this year. Despite this, NEA is not sure of the reasons behind the higher number of cases. 

There have also been 7 deaths due to the disease this year and authorities have warned the public that they must do everything they can to prevent the disease from spreading.

The number of reported cases each week has remained around the 400 to 500 mark while in previous years, the numbers would usually start to drop dramatically by this time of year.

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Why Singapore has lost the war against dengue

The Malaysian Insider, 20 Nov 2013

It is disturbing to read that dengue cases in Orchard Road continue to rise. For this year (the first 45 weeks), the average number of cases reported each day was around 62 for the whole country.

While Singapore has weathered many challenges, we seem powerless against dengue fever.

The reasons we have not won the war against dengue fever are obvious. First, if one complains about mosquito infestation in one’s neighbourhood, there would be a one-off response. Without a permanent solution, the problem would recur in no time. Second, there is a lack of coordination in dealing with certain mosquito breeding sites.


Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Yuhua Open House, Ms Fu stressed the importance of keeping the surroundings free of mosquito breeding sites.

She added: “For patients of dengue fever, it’s also important for them to prevent themselves from (getting bitten by) the mosquitoes. 

“We have to stop the mosquito-to-human and human-to-mosquito transmission in order to control the incidence of dengue. 

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Singapore – City of Dengue
Clean and green Singapore has a new name: City of Dengue

The deadly mosquito-transmitted disease has claimed its seventh victim this year – a 53-year-old woman who died from dengue on Saturday, 15 November, 2013 – and is showing no signs of abating. Even Orchard Road, the city’s most popular shopping belt, and Somerset are not spared the fever.

While this is attributed to a sudden spike in temperature conditions and weaker immunity against the dengue Type One virus, the lack of coordination in dealing with mosquito breeding sites between the National Environment Agency (NEA) and town councils coupled with poor upkeeping is, unfortunately, a recipe for disaster.

Additionally, drains clogged with fallen dead leaves, branches, twigs and trash tend to collect stagnant water, thereby creating potential mosquito breeding spots. The sudden climate change makes matters worse

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Singapore launches dengue web series, ‘The Silent War’ as outbreak nears 20,000 cases

The Singapore Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) has released the first two videos on the web series, “The Silent War” on their You Tube page this week, which documents the behind the scenes activities by the National Environmental Agency (NEA) during the 2013 dengue fever epidemic.

The Silent War is an 8-episode reality web series produced by Project Peanut.

The first episode titled “The Crisis” looks at the headlines behind the current outbreak, including the fact that some people have died from it.


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Dengue dread spreads to Orchard's offices, homes

The Orchard Road lights are up and ready to usher in the Christmas festivities. But an unwelcome visitor is threatening to spoil the party

The number of dengue cases in the Orchard Cluster continues to climb, hitting 82 on Friday.

What's more, the threat no longer seems limited to the Orchard Gateway construction site, as an increasing number of individuals working and living in the area have started falling prey to the mosquito menace.

The 53 construction workers at the site still make up the bulk of the cases in the cluster. But the remaining 29 victims come from the gaggle of high-end offices and homes in Orchard Road.


Taking the sting out of dengue

In 2008, it was reported that the Health Ministry would undertake an experiment to release genetically-modified mosquitoes to fight Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the main carriers of the dengue virus. Was it a success? How effective have we been in efforts to control dengue fever? Deputy director-general of Health (public health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim talks to Chandra Devi Renganayar and Suzanna Pillay to get an insight into efforts to combat the scourge.

Question: Where were the genetically-modified (GM) mosquitoes first released?

Answer: Our original proposed trial site was in Pulau Ketam, but our preliminary surveys indicated that the site was unsuitable for the trial. Instead, a trial site in Pahang was found to be ideal and the release was conducted in this site. The trial, the first open release of male transgenic mosquitoes in Asia, was conducted on Dec 21, 2010, in an uninhabited forest (non-reserve forest land owned by the government off Jalan Tentera/Lebuhraya Bentong-Raub) in Bentong, Pahang.

NTU researchers launch new anti-dengue app which relies on community participation
NEA eyes drones in dengue fight

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Sixth dengue death this year

A 35-year-old Chinese woman has become the sixth local dengue death case this year.

A joint statement by the Health Ministry and the National Environment Agency, says they were notified of the death of a dengue patient who lived at Yishun Ring Road today (30/09). The patient's residence was said to be in a dengue cluster of three cases.

The NEA says its inspectors will continue with checks and conduct vector control operations in the area and residents are encouraged to cooperate.

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Dengue death: Indonesian is first foreigner to die of disease in Singapore

Another dengue death has been reported in Singapore. The latest victim is an Indonesian man who most likely contracted the disease overseas but died after being treated for dengue in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency on Wednesday.

The 68-year-old developed a fever on June 20 and went to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) emergency department three days later. By then, he had also experienced vomiting and diarrhoea for two days.

He was diagnosed with dengue, and was hospitalised with kidney failure and severe liver inflammation. Despite blood transfusions, his condition deteriorated in the intensive care unit on Monday. He died on Tuesday.

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86-year-old man dies from dengue; third death this year

Another person has died of dengue.

A joint statement by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said MOH has been notified of the death of a dengue patient who lived in the Sembawang Road area.

This is the third dengue death this year.

A big battle against a small pest

So finally, the G is weighing heavily into the dengue fight, when it’s about to hit 1,000 cases a week. Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has called a press conference to hammer home the message to those people who are still unaware the mosquito could be breeding in their homes.

Good thing he did because, seriously, it was strange for a minister to come down so heavy on whether some hawker centres had their ceilings are cleaned and trading barbs with the opposition when there are far more issues to worry about.

ST chose to dwell on Dr Balakrishnan’s warnings and admonitions in its Page 1 story, while TODAY went straight into nuts and bolts of the dengue battle. TODAY reported that some $85m has been budgeted for the year’s dengue battle, up from $70 million spent last year.

Dengue cases expected to top 10,000 this weekend

The number of dengue cases is expected to hit the 10,000-mark this weekend. Authorities said the actual count would be updated tomorrow (June 17).

At last count on Friday, there were 42 new cases, bringing the total to 9,960 so far this year.

For the past week, the number of new cases daily has been consistently above 40. Preventive efforts have been taken across the island, including quick temperature scans in schools.

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Dr Vivian Balakrrishnan has said that the Dengue epidemic is set to get worse as the peak dengue season is still yet to arrive.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the Minister for Environment and Water Resources also revealed that locals were prone to the type of dengue found due to lower immunity. The strain of dengue present now also spreads more easily.

He said that it is a "paradox of process" that Singaporeans have a lower immunity to the strain than regional neighbours

NEA going all out in war against dengue

SINGAPORE is at a "critical juncture" in the current dengue epidemic, with the number of fresh cases expected to reach close to 1,000 this week. 

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan warned of this yesterday in the light of an all-time high of 820 new cases recorded in the week which ended last Saturday.

The epidemic is driven by factors such as low population immunity against the virus and the continued transmission of the virus with high epidemic potential.

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NEA going all out in war against dengue
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More asking for dengue tests at clinics as numbers rise
Singapore is in the grip of what could be its worst dengue epidemic, with 9,693 cases diagnosed so far this year. From Sunday till 3pm yesterday, there were 397 new cases of dengue. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG 

AS DENGUE numbers continue to climb in Singapore, more patients at some private clinics are asking for blood tests to diagnose the disease. 

Such tests cost at least $40 at private clinics The Straits Times spoke to, but those with fever seem to want to play it safe. This, despite doctors saying dengue blood tests are accurate only if a fever persists for a few days. 

At the Healthway clinic in Tampines Street 71, about four in 10 patients with fever have been asking for these tests to find out if they have the disease, resident doctor Philip Koh said. This is in contrast to last year, when Dr Koh saw virtually no such requests.

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Civil servant explains how he knew he had dengue

When the civil servant felt an itch on his left index finger in April, he thought: "Oh oh, it was probably the Aedes mosquito." He got dengue that week. 

Yesterday,when he heard that a second person had died from the disease this year and that the number of dengue cases had crossed the 9,000 mark, he was stunned.

Jason (not his real name) , 31,lives on landed property in Hougang

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Weekly dengue-fever infections surge to a record

Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical-disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever.

More than 9,400 people here have been infected by the mosquito-borne dengue virus so far this year, resulting in two deaths, according to the National Environment Agency. Weekly counts surged to an all-time high of 820 cases in the week that ended June 8, topping the previous record of 713 cases in 2005.

Officials believe the severity of the current epidemic will surpass that of Singapore’s worst dengue outbreak that year, when authorities logged 14,006 confirmed cases. The number of deaths in 2005 ended at 27, a higher proportion than the current outbreak.

Singapore Dengue Outbreak Worsens As Environment Minister Continues Bickering With AHPE Town Council
WSJ Blog, 11 Jun 2013
As weekly dengue-fever infections surge to a record, Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical-disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever.

More than 9,400 people here have been infected by the mosquito-borne dengue virus so far this year, resulting in two deaths, according to the National Environment Agency. Weekly counts surged to an all-time high of 820 cases in the week that ended June 8, topping the previous record of 713 cases in 2005. Full story

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and NEA will inspect quality of work after AHPETC cleans up hawker centres - TR Emeritus

Clearing The Air

If only the febrile Balakrishnan would pause to review the documentation, he would be able to avoid digging himself a sinkhole big enough to swallow up his fulminating ego and his party's soiled public standing.

And spend more time on the dengue crisis, now fast approaching 1,000 case a week. 9,544 people have fallen ill, two have died, and the minister for Environment and Water Resources is pandering to politics instead of cleaning up the environment of water borne diseases.

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NEA immediately steps up dengue control measures in PM Lee’s constituency

After a second dengue death of a man living in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 was reported on Sunday (9 Jun), NEA immediately stepped up control and preventive measures in Ang Mo Kio. Ang Mo Kio GRC is, of course, PM Lee’s constituency.

Yesterday afternoon (10 Jun), cleaners were seen clearing drains while NEA officers combed the area for potential breeding spots. They inspected drains, flower pots and even plants that could potentially trap water. Their presence was clearly felt by the Ang Mo Kio residents.

The second person who died is a 60-year-old Singaporean living in Ang Mo Kio Ave 3.

TTSH issues statement on 2 dengue patient deaths

There have been questions on the two dengue deaths that had occurred at TTSH. We would like to share the following responses with you on our process. We hope to seek your assistance in helping the public to understand that although dengue can be deadly, it is for most a self-limiting infection and most of us recover from dengue.

It is unfortunate that there are currently no antiviral medications to treat dengue. All we can do is to keep patients hydrated and wait for their bodies to fight the infection.

For a few us, the disease would regrettably prove stronger even with aggressive medical interventions such as intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, and organ support.

Teo Ho Pin On Mosquito Breeding 

Sembawang-Nee Soon Town Council was fined $200 after National Environment Agency found 14 mosquito larvae in the water tanks on the rooftops of blocks 896C and 899A in Woodlands

As the mosquito larvae were found in the water tanks, it raises the question as to whether water drawn from those water tanks was safe for consumption without prior boiling. Neither NEA nor Public Utilities Board, the national water agency, appears to have any press releases on their websites regarding this matter

Coordinating Chairman for PAP-managed town councils and Member of Parliament Teo Ho Pin said, "Water tanks have got many areas which are difficult to access for normal inspection and become very challenging.  You have breeding in some of these places because the birds actually bring leaves and twigs and choke our rooftop drains and it is quite difficult to inspect rooftops every day.

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