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Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) lost control of the dengue fever epidemic with double the number of cases reported in 2016 compared to a year ago. According to their latest press release, there are 8,900 reported dengue cases as of June 25 – more than twice the figure of 4,100 in the same period.

NEA lamented that this is a “traditional peak” season, and they can’t do anything except to anticipate “an upward trend” in the coming months. The government agency said that they are working with the town councils to increase inspections on areas with higher potential of transmissions.

NEA then passed the bucket to Singaporeans telling them to take care of themselves: “Dengue patients should continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites by applying repellent regularly, and those showing symptoms suggestive of dengue should see their doctors early to be diagnosed.”

There is no comment on the dengue epidemic from the Minister of Environment Masagos Zulkifli.