222 new dengue cases reported last week, upward trend expected, says NEA

NEA says the number of dengue cases is expected to climb in the months ahead as the traditional peak season for the disease progresses.
NEA says the number of dengue cases is expected to climb in the months ahead as the traditional peak season for the disease progresses.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A total of 222 new dengue cases were reported in Singapore last week, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

This figure for the week ending Aug 20 is up from 198 the week before, which was the first time in seven weeks that the number of cases had dropped below 200.

Another 39 cases were reported from Sunday (Aug 21) to 3pm on Monday (Aug 22).

NEA says that although the number of cases has been fluctuating within this range for several weeks, the figure is expected to climb in the months ahead as the traditional peak season for dengue fever progresses.

Since the start of the year, 10,730 cases have been reported, with seven deaths so far.

This is three more deaths than in the whole of 2015.

The most recent fatality was that of a 79-year-old man who lived in Eastwood Drive in Bedok, who was admitted to hospital on July 30 and died on Aug 4.

As of Monday (Aug 22), there were 46 active dengue clusters across the island, up from 43 the previous week. Eleven are classified as high-risk with at least 10 reported cases of dengue.

The active cluster in Tampines Avenue 8 has the highest number of cases at 55, with two new cases in the past fortnight.

No new cases were reported in the Telok Kurau cluster, which has seen 103 cases, but the area is under a 21-day surveillance.