Sadly, unless the NEA and MOM get their SH*T together, there are likely to be more of them as well. In the well meaning eyes (myopic ones) of MOM, Pest control companies are considered in the Service Sector and are hamstrung with a 45% dependency cap. This means, because of the nature of our business, out in the hot sun, rain, smelly chemicals, fogging & wearing heavy protective clothing, etc., etc., we cannot get locals to do the work for the most part (they join and a week later, if they last that long, just don't bother coming to work). Therefore, we cannot keep staff short of using foreign labour, of which MOM is curtailing as you all know, or making it very difficult.
My company was a prime supplier of manpower to NEA whenever there is any kind of outbreak of Dengue, Chikungunya, rats or any other vermin. However, with the drastic reduction of foreign manpower and the inability to hire more personnel, we have given up several of our contracts with NEA as we make very little from them anyway. All operators in our industry are having the same problem, so there are lots of areas that are not getting the attention they deserve. So add that to the periodic outbreaks that happen anyway, massive ones are going to be even harder to contain.
My suggestion is PLEASE ensure that you have done YOU parts to eliminate the spread of breeding places. I almost lost a BiL 5 years ago to Dengue and I also know an expat couple who BOTH got hit with it several years ago (they are no longer here, but in Aus now) They were in bad shape for quite a while and the husband the worst hit. It's not pleasant.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers