While the Covid-19 pandemic is on everyone’s minds, there’s another virus that’s spreading on the down low — dengue fever. As of July 2020, there are already more than 17,000 dengue cases reported.
Even scarier is that according to reports, the current dengue season is caused by an uncommon strain of the virus, DenV-3. Because this strain has not been dominant in the past 3 decades, less people have immunity to it, hence increasing the transmission rates.
Because dengue fever (and other viruses like zika and chikungunya) is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito that’s native to tropical regions, the disease is a much bigger threat in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore.
Here’s an overview of the signs and symptoms of dengue fever, as well as the costs involved in the prevention and treatment of the sickness.