Singapore Dengue Outbreak Worsens – Southeast Asia Real Time – WSJPosted: June 11, 2013
According to health officials, factors behind this year’s outbreak include lower immunity among the population, thanks to intensive dengue-carrier controls that have resulted in fewer infections in recent years but also mean fewer people have immunity. Other factors for the outbreak include a higher mosquito population and “fitter” viruses with higher epidemic potential.
The Southeast Asian city-state, home to 5.3 million people, maintains a strict disease and mosquito surveillance regime. It also imposes tough penalties for residents who fail to clear mosquito-breeding sites in their homes. This includes fines for people found to be breeding mosquitoes in their homes, and potential jail sentences for repeat offenders.