Free online educational portal on dengue and the Zika virus launched

South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling at the launch of the educational portal on mosquito-borne diseases at New Town Secondary School.
South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling at the launch of the educational portal on mosquito-borne diseases at New Town Secondary School. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN
South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling at the launch of the educational portal on mosquito-borne diseases at New Town Secondary School.
South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling at the launch of the educational portal on mosquito-borne diseases at New Town Secondary School. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

SINGAPORE - An educational portal on mosquito-borne diseases was launched on Sunday (May 22), giving people easy access to information on dengue and the Zika virus, as well as how to prevent it from spreading.

Developed by global life science company Bayer, in collaboration with the National Environment Agency and the South West Community Development Council, the Bayer Dengue Learning Lab was designed to make learning fun.

It comes with a "virtual trainer" that guides users through the different components within the portal, as well as interactive quizzes.

The learning portal will be made available in all schools within the South West District.

People can also access it for free on computers and tablet devices at http://bit.ly/BayerDengueSG.

At its launch at New Town Secondary School on Sunday morning, Mayor of South West District Low Yen Ling reminded students and grassroots volunteers that everyone has a part to play in fighting dengue and Zika.

 

Earlier this month, Singapore reported its first imported Zika case - a 48-year-old resident of the estate who had been in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Since the start of the year, there has been over 7,720 reported cases of dengue.

The upcoming warmer months of June to October are also when dengue cases tend to peak due to the accelerated breeding and maturation cycles of Aedes mosquitoes.

"As we enter the traditional peak season for dengue, it is all the more important for the community to stay vigilant and keep mosquito-borne disease under control by keeping our homes, gardens and community spaces mozzie-free," Ms Low said.

Around 60 volunteers, including students from New Town Secondary School, will be going door to door at six Housing Board blocks in Clementi Avenue 1 today to remind residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito breeding.

Residents will also be handed a bottle of mosquito repellent and a pamphlet with information on dengue.