Singapore reports uncommon dengue cases, but no sign for alarm

08:33, June 27, 2011      

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A form of dengue uncommon in Singapore has hit a local area with more than 60 cases reported, local broadcaster Channel NewsAsia reported on Sunday.

But the National Environment Agency there is no sign for alarm that the new form of dengue -- DEN-3 -- is spreading to the rest of the island country, though local residents may have little or no immunity against the infection, leading to quicker dengue transmission.

The Marsiling area has seen two clusters of dengue transmission recently, with the first detected on April 21 and the second on May 19.

The National Environment Agency said it has since stepped up control measures, including dispatching 70 officers to carry out mass operations to search and destroy potential breeding habitats of Aedes mosquitoes.

The agency has also roped in various partners, including the local town council and the national parks board to get rid of larvae.

It is also advising residents to be alert to any potential mosquito breeding areas in their homes.

Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic morbilliform skin rash.

Source: Xinhua
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