Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes and can cause fever, muscle and joint pain, severe headaches and even death in its most severe form.
Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said last week that the island nation is set to surpass its previous annual record number of 22,170 dengue fever cases in 2013.
Elsewhere in the region, Malaysia’s health director-general warned last month of a spike in dengue cases across the country, local media reported.
In Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s most populous country, local health officials said in late June there were 68,000 cases of dengue fever countrywide.
“With individuals staying at home (because of covid), more are exposed to the dengue mosquitoes breeding in the neighbourhood.”