Dengue Prevention: Act Early! Know the Symptoms

Understanding the symptoms of Dengue Fever in Singapore will help you act early! For added protection, Prudential has dengue protection for you and your family.

The first dengue outbreak in Singapore took place in 2005, with a total of 14,006 cases of Dengue Fever, including 27 deaths, reported. The WHO1 estimates that 390 million dengue virus infections occur every year, 70% of which are in Asia. Since then, Singapore has been managing the dengue cases in our neighbourhoods and taking the necessary actions needed to reduce the following dengue outbreaks along the years.

However, the cumulative number of dengue cases for the year of 2020 (as of 6 July 2020) is 15,500 and NEA2 expects the number of cases to exceed the 22,170 cases reported in 2013, which is the largest dengue outbreak in Singapore’s history. We are urged by the government to play our parts in taking the necessary prevention actions and to prepare ourselves individually for what is to come.

With many regions entering rainy season, with warmer temperatures and increased humidity, here are some ways you can educate yourselves on the different symptoms of dengue:

Dengue Prevention: Act Early! Know the Symptoms

Early Dengue

The most obvious symptom to note when one has dengue would be the appearance of a sudden fever for a prolonged period, usually ranging from 2 to 7 days. If you are a healthy and able individual, a sudden fever would be an abnormal behaviour that would easily tell you that you have contacted something. To be really sure, self-check based on the following symptoms of dengue that would usually show up as well.

Other than fever, the other symptoms of dengue include – headache with pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting and skin rashes.

However, mild symptoms of dengue can often be confused with other illnesses that cause fever, aches and pains, or rashes (CDC, 2019). Dengue symptoms usually only appear 4 to 10 days after one has been bitten. Be sure to see a doctor or professional specialist to check and diagnose before making any further medical decisions. These symptoms are a way for one to check for a possibility, but always check with your doctor to be sure.

Severe Dengue

This stage of dengue develops 3 to 7 days after the first signs of illnesses appears. Usually, if treated early, most dengue cases will not progress further. Besides the symptoms as mentioned above, other worsening symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding gums, rapid breathing and fatigue, or restlessness will start to show.

Always make sure to see a doctor if you are feeling unwell, or in discomfort. Any early symptoms should already be a warning to take further action, dengue or not. At times like this, it is socially responsible of us to be more aware of our own physical health to ensure the well-being of others around us.

At times, dengue can become so severe that it can even lead to death. Unfortunately, there are no treatment options for dengue (WHO), and the only way to prevent getting the infection is to avoid getting bitten by an infected mosquito, which can be hard to do.

However, we can all play a proactive part in ensuring safety and security in our communities.

This underscores the importance of getting yourself financially protected with PruPersonal Accident Plan*, which also covers you and your family for dengue fever protection, on top of doing all of the above. This product offers a choice of plans with different pay-outs and premiums based on the coverage you need, read more here.

Want to learn how to protect your family against dengue? Read more here: 3 Ways to Protect Your Family From Dengue Fever in Singapore


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1  Dengue and severe dengue. (2020) Retrieved from

2  Dengue, NEA. (2020) Retrieved