The number of dengue notifications has increased to 2,894 in the first 8 Epidemiological Weeks (E-weeks) of 2020 compared to 1,626 during the same time period in 2019. The number of dengue cases had exceeded the mean + 2 standard deviation (SD) level since E-week 52 of 2019. The National Environmental Agency is conducting vector control measures to prevent further transmission of the disease, and residents who report symptoms of fever and/or rash are advised to consult a medical practitioner immediately.

For updated information on the disease and active dengue clusters, refer to the following website: www.nea.gov.sg/public-health/d...

Dengue fever is spread through the bite of an infective Aedes mosquito. When a person is bitten by an infective mosquito, they may develop symptoms after an incubation period of 4 to 7 days (ranges from 3 to 14 days). However, up to 75% of dengue infections are asymptomatic (no symptoms). Dengue fever does not spread from person to person.

Symptoms include:
Sudden onset of fever for 2-7 days
Severe headache with pain behind the eyes
Joint and muscle pain
Skin rashes
Nausea and vomiting
Mild bleeding (e.g. nose or gum bleed, or easy bruising of the skin

In addition to laboratory testing, there is a rapid Dengue NS1 + Ab Combo test** available. This test and results can be completed in 20 minutes.

** A rapid diagnostic test (RDT) is a medical diagnostic test that is quick and easy to perform. RDTs allow point-of-care testing by general practitioners (GPs) for conditions that previously could only be done as a laboratory test. They provide same-day results, typically within 20 minutes.

Cross Street Medical has the Dengue RDT in stock. Visit our doctors if you suspect you may have been infected with dengue.