ALERT FOR DENGUE FEVER (DF) / DENGUE HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER (DHF) CASES

26/2/2019

Dear Doctor,

 

DENGUE FEVER (DF) / DENGUE HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER (DHF) CASES

 

                       

The number of dengue notifications has increased to 1447 in the first 7 Epidemiological Weeks (E-weeks) of 2019 compared to 376 during the same time period in 2018. The National Environmental Agency is conducting vector control measures to prevent further transmission of the disease, and residents who report symptoms of fever and/or rash are advised to consult a medical practitioner immediately.

 

2.            You are urged to maintain a high index of clinical suspicion when you see patients with fever and / or rash. You may wish to refer to the below attached MOH Circular 10/2015 for information pertaining to the clinical features of DF/DHF and its clinical management.

 

3.            As required by the Infectious Diseases Act (Cap 137), all medical practitioners should notify the Ministry of Health immediately of all cases of DF/DHF including suspect cases by using the electronic notification system (https://www.cdlens.moh.gov.sg/) or faxing the MD131 form to MOH at 62215528 / 62215538/ 62215567. Notifications should be made within 24 hours of diagnosis to enable vector control measures to be instituted promptly to prevent further transmission of the disease.

 

4.            Your assistance in this matter is very important to us as it will help us to manage dengue patients appropriately, monitor the cluster on a real-time basis and control dengue in a timely and effective manner.

 

5.            For updated information on the disease and active dengue clusters, you may wish to refer to the following website: www.nea.gov.sg/public-health/dengue/dengue-clusters

 

6.            Once again, thank you for your support and cooperation as our first line of care in the community.

 

On behalf of MOH

 

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