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Temperatures expected to rise in conjunction with dengue season

Temperatures expected to rise in conjunction with dengue season

 


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According to the National Environmental (NEA) and the Meteorological Service Singapore (MES) statistics, temperatures are expected to remain between 26°C to 35°C for the rest of May.

Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening are also expected throughout the month.

Warmer weathers usually coincide with a rise in dengue cases.

With regards to dengue prevention, the “Do the Mozzie Wipeout” Campaign 2017 was launched yesterday, 14 May.

The peak dengue season from June to October will require public vigilance to stem dengue transmission as mosquito population remains high.

As the number of dengue transmission rises, so will the Zika virus due to the Aedes Aegypti mosquito carrying both dengue and Zika strains.

NEA reports also include closing down 4 of the 5 Zika clusters in 2017. The last one remains around the Highland Road/ Jansen Close/ Jalan Sahabat/ Kovan Road and Upper Serangoon Road (D’Pavilion) area.

As of 31 March, NEA have conducted about 290,000 inspections, including construction sites. They have discovered and removed about 2,700 mosquito breeding habitats.

Project Wolbachia is entering its final phase, which will conclude at the end of the month.

The Wolbachia -Aedes Mosquito Suppression Strategy will test the viability of releasing male  Wolbachia -Aedes mosquitoes to mate with unaffected Aedes females, producing eggs which will not hatch, reducing the Aedes mosquito population.

During the launch, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli urged the population not to be complacent and to ensure that mosquito breeding spots within homes are eradicated.

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