Dengue fever: Protect yourself & your loved ones

Updated: 01 Feb 2016
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Dengue is a viral disease that has become a serious concern in Singapore over the past few years. It is without cure and potentially fatal. It is important that you recognise how to prevent this disease from invading your home.

What is dengue fever

Dengue fever is caused by a virus carried by the Aedes mosquito spread through its bites. This breed of mosquito can be identified by the characteristic black-and-white stripes on their body. There are no known drugs that can cure dengue. Its symptoms are severe and the disease can be fatal.

How to keep your home safe

It is vital that you prevent Aedes mosquitoes from breeding around the house so that your family members do not get infected with dengue fever. The 5-step Mozzie Wipeout is a national programme developed to help eliminate the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes around houses across Singapore.

Keep your house mosquito-free

Easy steps for fighting dengue and staying safe

These are some of the most common breeding sites around the house and what you should do about them:

Danger zones To do
Flower vases with stagnant water Change water in vases on alternate days
Drip trays for flower pots Clear the water from pots & trays on alternate days
Containers or buckets with stagnant water Turn over containers or buckets
Bamboo pole holders Ensure they are covered when not in use
Roof gutters Clear blockages & apply BTI insecticide every month

Read more about the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout programme for Housing Development Board (HDB's) flats and condominiums.

Read more about the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout programme for landed properties.

When to take action

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has developed a system to increase awareness among residents on the spread of dengue. The colour-coded alert system informs you of the number of cases in your neighbourhood and what you should do to stay safe.

Colour Status Precautions
Red => 10 cases
  • Do the Mozzie Wipeout on alternate days
  • Be diligent in applying mosquito repellent
  • Use insecticide on dark corners such as under furniture
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts & pants
Yellow < 10 cases
  • Do the Mozzie Wipeout once a week
  • Apply repellent as a preventive measure
  • Use insecticide in dark corners for added security
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts & pants
Green Remain vigilant
  • Do the Mozzie Wipeout once a week
  • Regularly apply insecticide to dark, inaccessible corners

Tips

Adopt the following practices to keep dengue at bay especially when passing through dengue hotspots:

  • Use mosquito repellent or insecticide spray, or burn insect repellent oils to avoid getting bitten
  • Use mosquito nets when sleeping
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