Singapore hit by dengue fever emergency: How Aedes mosquitoes infect humans

Singapore said it was battling a dengue fever “emergency” in the country with cases reaching more than 11,000 in the country.

The country had reported more than 5,000 dengue fever cases last year. Scientists have blamed aedes mosquitoes for the dengue fever cases in the country.

Aedes mosquito: where is it found?

These mosquitoes are usually found in tropical, subtropical and temperate climates, for example in Singapore. It can spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses.

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Experts say it also thrives in urban areas, which provides these deadly mosquitoes with a natural habitat to lay their eggs. According to the US CDC, these mosquitoes prefer to feed on people, so they are more likely to spread the virus.

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Diseases caused by Aedes mosquitoes

Aedes mosquitoes have caused global concern due to the explosive growth of Chikungunya and Zika virus cases. The WHO declared a public health emergency of international concern in 2016 after the Zika virus outbreak.

Yellow fever outbreaks have also been observed in Africa and Brazil.

(With agency contributions)


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