Dengue spike flags likely epidemic

Infections surge, with 4,100 falling ill in year to date - more than all of last year

National Environment Agency officers checking drains for signs of mosquito breeding. The two biggest dengue clusters are both around Woodlands Avenue 6, where a total of 262 people have been diagnosed with the disease caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
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Singapore is headed for a dengue epidemic this year, in spite of heightened efforts by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to curb the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

There have been nine consecutive weeks of rising infections, with almost 80 active clusters now - more than double the number at the start of the month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2019, with the headline Dengue spike flags likely epidemic. Subscribe