Pronounced dan-gee, dengue fever is a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. Approximately 390 million dengue infections occur every year, with as many as 96 million resulting in illness.
Closer to home, neighbourhoods are labelled green, yellow and red zones to reflect the increasing risk of dengue fever respectively.
“Dengue fever is widespread in Singapore and in the region of Southeast Asia. The prevalence of the virus is closely tied to the prevalence of the Aedes mosquito, the transmitter of the infection,” explains Dr Leong Hoe Nam, infectious disease specialist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand the illness and gear up against the disease.