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Singapore's dengue 'emergency' is a climate change omen for the world

A worker fogs a housing estate for mosquitoes in Singapore on August 27, 2020. (Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters)
CNN Online
07 Jun 2022
SG Dengue

Commenting on Singapore's dengue problem, SMU Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society Winston Chow said, "We will not be able to eradicate dengue (because) the constant weather extremes create the perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes." Assoc Prof Chow, who has contracted dengue fever twice, lamented the escalating scale of the problem. "In terms of adaptation, Singapore has excellent health care infrastructure and countless policies in place to reduce the risks – but there's only so much that it can do," he said. "Changing environmental conditions are magnifying mosquito breeding rates so unless the climate emergency improves, it will become even more difficult to eliminate the risk of dengue fever altogether, and it will be a painful battle for Singapore in the long run." Assoc Prof Chow concluded.