Efforts to fight dengue boosted amid epidemic

Banners warning about dengue in the neighbourhood have been put up in Woodlands.
Banners warning about dengue in the neighbourhood have been put up in Woodlands.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

Efforts have been stepped up to stop the transmission of dengue amid the current epidemic. Around Woodlands Avenue 6, 360 people have been infected in two dengue clusters which are now the largest here.

More than 5,500 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus this year, of whom about 2,000 have needed hospital care. Five have died.

Experts say the surge in cases after two years of relatively low numbers is due to the current dominant dengue strain.

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Correction note: This blurb has been edited for clarity.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2019, with the headline 'Efforts to fight dengue boosted amid epidemic'. Print Edition | Subscribe