The National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore has warned the public to be on high alert for a potential dengue outbreak in 2023. This comes as the population of Aedes mosquitoes, which are carriers of the dengue virus, has reached a high level in the country. The NEA has called on residents to take preventative measures such as regularly checking and removing stagnant water in their homes and surroundings where mosquitoes can breed.
According to the NEA, there were 35,000 dengue cases reported in Singapore in 2020, which was the highest number in seven years. While the number of cases decreased in 2021, the NEA warns that the current high population of Aedes mosquitoes could lead to another outbreak in 2023. The NEA is urging residents to be vigilant and to protect themselves from mosquito bites, as well as to cooperate with measures implemented by the government to control the mosquito population.
The NEA has also implemented measures such as increasing the frequency of inspections and fogging operations, and conducting outreach programs to educate the public on the importance of preventing the breeding of mosquitoes. The agency emphasizes that mosquito control is a shared responsibility and that everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of dengue.