Thursday, July 18, 2013

Let's Be Vigilant and do the Mozzie Wipeout!

“Current dengue epidemic claims first life – ITE Grad” ~ 31st May 2013, Today Online

Second death in dengue epidemic reported” ~ 9th June 2013, Today Online

86-year-old man dies from dengue” ~ 25th June 2013, Today Online

Fourth dengue death in Singapore reported” ~ 26th June 2013, Today Online

The headlines of recent news in Singapore has caught my attention, especially on the rampant epidemic of dengue fever. As a mother, a wife and a daughter, I’ll be honest with you, I am highly concerned!

Dengue cases have been on the rise and June to August is known for the peak transmission period for the disease.  According to NEA’s latest report, there have already been 678 cases in week 27, approximately 5 times more than the same period in year 2012; latest report of dengue cases can be found at NEA’swebsite. 

How can I not be concerned when it can hit anyone of us at home (God forbid!) given the current situation? The mosquitoes are mobile and we are mobile, this means even if my area isn’t flagged as one of the dengue hotspots chances of us being infected remain.

Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito which gets the virus from one infected person to another. There are four types of this virus known as DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, DEN-4, in addition, anyone of us could be infected and get the dengue fever again if it’s of a different type. As it is a type of virus and there is simply no drug for dengue!

Our only recourse on this, is to take preventive measures and it should start from our homes! As I’ve learned, close to 70% of Aedes mosquito breeding sites are found in our homes. There are many neglected areas that might be Aedes mosquitoes favourite breeding ground -

In order to help ourselves, our family, the people we care and love, we need to step up and be vigilant in carrying out the 5 steps Mozzie Wipeout in our homes at least once a week.

More preventive measures can also be found on this website .

An interesting fact I have also picked up at the recent Dengue Prevention Volunteer Training workshop, was besides throwing away the water that was left in vases or any containers in our homes, we need to also scrub the containers well, as Aedes mosquitoes don’t lay their eggs directly in the water but at the surface nearest the water, and their eggs have a survival rate of up to 9 months!

Which means, if the container has been emptied and stored away and reuse any time within the 9 months period, there is a possibility of the eggs hatching!

So let’s all take up the responsibility to ensure our homes are clear of stagnant water, let’s not give the Aedes mosquitoes a chance to hurt us!

For latest community updates and stories on the experiences of dengue survivors please join the Stop Dengue Now Facebook Page and follow @NEAsg on twitter for live updates.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are 100% my own.

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