Why dengue cases are exploding in Singapore

Experts point to confluence of factors such as the rise of DenV-3, circuit breaker measures

For the first time, Singapore is seeing weekly infections top 1,000.
For the first time, Singapore is seeing weekly infections top 1,000.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Dengue is endemic in Singapore, so outbreaks of this mosquito-borne virus are neither new nor unexpected.

But the number of cases this year is so high it puts previous outbreaks in the shade. More than 20,000 infections have been recorded in less than seven months of this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2020, with the headline 'Why dengue cases are exploding'. Subscribe