The number of children in Singapore who were exposed to a dang, a small, green liquid, is expected to rise by as many as 10% to a peak of more than 300 children in the next few days, according to Singapore’s health ministry.
The ministry said the number of cases of dong has increased since the outbreak of the virus in Singapore in mid-February, when a child who had recently been vaccinated against the disease was infected.
The ministry has been working closely with local health authorities and health officials from around the country to assess the impact of the disease on Singaporeans.
More than 60 children have tested positive for the dong, which can contain up to 25 mg of the flavivirus.
The majority of those tested have not had contact with the virus.
Infections among children and pregnant women are not common in Singapore, but the outbreak is not as widespread in other Asian countries.
“We’re still monitoring the situation, but we’re also looking at other factors that could be driving the increase in dong,” Dr. Peter Tan, a Singaporean health officer, told Reuters Health.
The ministry has identified more than 10 schools and kindergartens in Singapore that have been designated as hot spots for dong consumption, with the majority of the children being in kindergartening classes.
The schools are also being urged to make sure children do not enter classrooms that are not covered by a mask, with masks being mandatory at all other schools.