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Drop in week-on-week dengue cases but Grace Fu urges continued vigilance

Published on Aug 29, 2014 5:42 AM
Dengue alert signs at Serangoon Gardens on 12 March 2013. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE -The number of week-on-week dengue cases has fallen, but residents should still be alert to the mosquito-borne disease, said Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu at a media conference on Thursday.

There were 424 dengue cases last week, 18 fewer than in the previous week. This is also a marked fall from July, where dengue hit a high of 898 cases in a week.

However, the Den-2 virus is gaining a greater foothold in Singapore, rising from about 15 per cent of all cases in the first eight months of the year, to 25 per cent in August. The more prevalent Den-1 virus has dropped from 82 per cent to 75 in the same period.

Former dengue patients who were infected before with the Den-1 virus can be infected again by Den-2 so they are still vulnerable, cautioned Ms Fu.

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