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2013 Dengue Fever Outbreak In Singapore  
User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

I am surprised nobody talked about it here.

As I fly to SIN in December, I check the "Institut pasteur" website, and I saw that a significant rise in the number of dengue fever cases was reported in Singapore.
There are more than 15800 cumulative cases since last January.

http://www.dengue.gov.sg/

Should I cancel my trip? (yes, I am a nervous traveler   )


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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1258 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

I was in SIN last month and had no issues. Good prevention is all you need.


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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 1):
Good prevention

yes, of course, but sometimes, it is not sufficient, unfortunately



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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Quoting LY777 (Reply 2):
yes, of course, but sometimes, it is not sufficient, unfortunately



I have friends and family who live in Singapore. The odds are very small that you will get Dengue, since you will be in air conditioned surroundings. Dengue is a much bigger problem in almost all tropical Asian countries, especially during the rainy season.

LY777, any country you visit will have its own threats - you can't hide, it will find you!  

Bon Voyage.


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Take precautions and your risk is extremely low. Dengue is an issue in some parts of northern Australia, but few people here even consider it when travelling.

But thanks for the reminder - I'll check our insect repellent situation, as my family and I are flying to Singapore next week!


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1993 times:

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 4):
But thanks for the reminder - I'll check our insect repellent situation, as my family and I are flying to Singapore next week!

Remember Dengue mosquitoes feed during the daytime, unlike their Malarial cousins which feed at night.


User currently offline9vswr From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Dengue clusters (localized areas with 2 or more cases of dengue occurring within 14-days of each other) are generally concentrated in the northeastern and northern regions of Singapore, so it might be prudent to avoid these regions if you fear falling victim to the outbreak. However, the outbreak has subsided significantly from the peak in June.

Anecdotally, locals do not apply insect repellent for the purpose of avoiding infection. The risk of getting infected is remote enough for locals to "chance it".

More information can be found at Singapore's National Environment Agency website.

http://www.dengue.gov.sg/subject.asp?id=74 - Dengue cluster locations
http://www.dengue.gov.sg/subject.asp?id=73 - Weekly Dengue cases


User currently offlineMillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1299 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Dengue is a bigger issue in Singapore than in most of its neighbouring countries. Malaysia has dengue too but it doesn't seem to cause as much problems there.

However I think its fair to say that few tourists would ever visit the dengue hotspots unless you fancy whats on offer in Geylang. They are located away from normal touristspots even if Little India gets pretty close to one hotspot.

What also must be said is that with all the building activity going on in Singapore stopping dengue is almost impossible. the construction sites - companies aren't exactly great at preventing small pools of water becoming stagnant.



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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 7):

Dos dengue fever outbreak usually decline in "winter" (although there is no real winter in Singapore?



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

Quoting LY777 (Reply 8):
Dos dengue fever outbreak usually decline in "winter" (although there is no real winter in Singapore?

Winter is the dry season.
No rain, few stagnant pools of water for mosquitoes to breed in the dry season.

I'm prone to mosquito bites as they like my blood type. It's best to wear bright colors since mosquitoes are attracted to black and other dark colors. Leave your black business slacks at home as well as your black t-shirts and black dress shirts. I went out 2 weeks ago in black business slacks here in Bangkok and got 23 mosquito bites on my leg.
Always, always wear mosquito repellant. After you shower, apply anti-mosquito lotion to your legs & arms. Then spray lemongrass on your pants. I've done this and I don't get bitten at all. This time of year I wear white pants and beige/light brown pants. White jeans are ideal because they're thick and mosquitoes don't like bright colors.
No shorts what so ever!
Go to Singapore and have fun. Make sure you meet up with Ryanair!!! for a few beers!  
Quoting comorin (Reply 3):
since you will be in air conditioned surroundings

It's when he's on the street waiting for a taxi or elevated MRT platform when they'll get him.   
Even taxis have mosquitoes flying around inside.



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2581 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

I once worked breeding Egyptian Tiger Mosquitos. The cages weren't exactly of supermax quality, and so I got bitten eighty times a day. And we used no mosquito spray, we worked in short trousers...

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
I'm prone to mosquito bites as they like my blood type.

No. Only the body odors matter - which are too fine to be distinguished by humans. The best protection against mosquito bites is taking along a more attractive person.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
It's best to wear bright colors since mosquitoes are attracted to black and other dark colors.

  

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Always, always wear mosquito repellant.

One that has DEET in it. Other substances are not proven to work. DEET can cause nerve damage, but the occurrence is extremely low.


David



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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Winter is the dry season.

Winter is not the dry season in Singapore: it is the Northern monsoon (from December to March).

BTW, is there any dengue fever/chinkungunya issues in Hong Kong?



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 10):
The best protection against mosquito bites is taking along a more attractive person.

Impossible. I'm the hottest guy on the planet!  
Quoting LY777 (Reply 11):
Winter is not the dry season in Singapore: it is the Northern monsoon (from December to March).

Didn't know the weather changes that much yet so close to Bangkok.
That's our dry season at least.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26170 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

Being virtually on the equator, the wet season starts about now and runs through March or so.

However even during the 'dry' there is regular rain, and temperature are pretty steady year round. You are in the tropics after all.

As far as dengue, frankly the odds are so minimal, I would not worry about it. You are likely to get in a taxi crash or other event then end up in the hospital suffering from a rare disease. Heck you are much likelier to get food poising...

Go and enjoy Singapore. Lots to do and sea.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14140 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Dengue fever is serious, but it can be treated. My girlfriend, her sister and myself have set up a small charity for children in two squatter areas in the Philippines, who´s parents can´t afford medical insurance or medical treatment. The catalyst for this was that, while we visited my girlfriend´s hometown a child in the neighbouring squatter area died of dengue fever because the parents couldn´t afford the treatment. Together with another one of my girlfriend´s sisters, who is a "kagawad", a kind of elected council official, in this district and the local elementary school we organised to get basic medical insurance for 1000 children of two local government elementary schools (the private schools usually demand tution fees and the parents are usually a bit better off and can afford to insure their children themselves). It only cost us about € 1000 a year, which my girlfriend, her other sister also living in Europe and myself funded. The children enroled in this programme are selected by the local schools, who know which parents can afford insurance and which ones not. They also arranged a special contract through a local insurance company.
The Kagawad sister deliberately didn´t want to be directly involved because she didn´t want it to look as if she was doing it to gain votes in the elections.

Jan


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):
As far as dengue, frankly the odds are so minimal, I would not worry about it. You are likely to get in a taxi crash or other event then end up in the hospital suffering from a rare disease. Heck you are much likelier to get food poising...

LY777 is more likely to get caned in Singapore than Dengue Fever.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26170 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

Btw - If you are worried about , mosquitos and dengue dont come to Florida. Since July they apparently have had 70 cases near Key West, Miami and Orlando.
Until 2009 authorities thought this was long extinct in the area.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):

Lol....



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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 16):
If you are worried about , mosquitos and dengue dont come to Florida

I was in Florida in August 



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