Wednesday, 27 January 2016

It's time for bacterial warfare against the Aedes Mosquito

Dengue has been plaguing Singapore for decades, with epidemics getting more severe with each cycle of infection.
Before the 1990s, dengue infections here had gone above 1,000 cases a year only once - in 1973.
In 2005, numbers soared to five-digits for the first time, with more than 14,000 people infected that year. It reached a new high in 2013 when more than 22,000 people were diagnosed with the disease.
Dengue has been plaguing Singapore for decades, with epidemics getting more severe with each cycle of infection. Before the1990s, dengue infections here had gone above 1,000 cases a year only once - in 1973.
In 2005, numbers soared to five-digits for the first time, with more than 14,000 people infected that year. It reached a new high in 2013 when more than 22,000 people were diagnosed with the disease.
The number of infections has not gone below five-digits since then, and given the high numbers this month already, 2016 is not shaping up well.
More than 2,000 people have come down with dengue this month alone, with a 47-year-old man dying from it. And this time of the year is traditionally a low dengue period.
So it is obvious that, in spite of the many millions of dollars spent and all the efforts made, dengue is not just here to stay, but can be expected to get worse.