It looks like there is not a slow down in the infection rate of dengue currently. Singapore’s National Environment Agency recently warned that there will be a surge of dengue cases, as there is a rise in the population of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes in the island republic. The number of cases in Singapore has crossed the 10,000 mark this year.
The Mayor of the Philippine city of Davao, Sara Duterte-Carpio has said that if there is still an increase in the city, there will be no bonuses for the City Health Office employees this year. She said, “I think the tropical diseases unit of CHO will not receive their bonus. I will give their bonus to the families of those who God forbid will die in the next six months.”
Innovative solution towards the dengue menace?
Zika is now reportedly already in the mainland United States. On Friday the Florida department of health reported four cases of Zika, and on Monday, another 10. All were probably contracted locally from mosquitoes in Wynwood, a northern Miami neighborhood. The Centre for Disease Control is already advising pregnant women to refrain from travelling to the area.
Zika is not the only mosquito-borne illness that of concern in Iowa. Mosquitoes in Iowa has been found to be carrying the West Nile Virus.
“We have had Iowa mosquitoes test positive for West Nile, so we know it’s here in Iowa and we do need to have Iowans start taking precautions,” IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said. For anyone who is not pregnant, West Nile and Zika viruses are very similar, causing serious brain and nerve damage.
The convergence of mosquito-borne diseases is getting quite worrying.