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.
Sudden onset of fever for 2-7 days
Severe headache with pain behind the eyes
Joint and muscle pain
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.