513 dengue cases in Singapore last week, slight fall after 40% spike the previous week

A yellow dengue alert poster at a bus stop in Clementi.
A yellow dengue alert poster at a bus stop in Clementi. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A total of 513 dengue cases were reported in the week ending Feb 27, according to the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

This was a fall of 80 cases from the previous week, which had experienced a 40 per cent spike from the week before, amid concerns that the virus could reach record levels this year.

Another 73 cases were reported between Sunday (Feb 28) and 3.30pm on Monday.

Since Jan 3, 4,548 people have been infected with the virus. Two have died from dengue - a 67-year-old Singaporean man who lived in Toa Payoh and a 47-year-old man who resided in Marsiling Rise.

Having previously warned that dengue cases could hit a record high of 30,000 - surpassing the previous record of 22,170 cases in 2013 - NEA has stepped up enforcement efforts to curb the mosquito population.

On Sunday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli announced that all homes - whether they are within or outside dengue clusters - will be fined $200 if they are found to be breeding mosquitoes. Previously, only homes within dengue clusters were affected by the fine.

 

The new measure will take effect from March 14.

"The majority of the breeding places are still found in homes, the usual places again and again, and therefore we will be toughening our approach towards home owners," Mr Masagos said at the launch of an annual campaign to eliminate mosquito breeding.

NEA revealed it conducted 126,000 inspections islandwide in January, finding more than 1,900 cases of mosquito breeding.

As part of efforts to raise public awareness, more than 5,000 volunteers will be trained to conduct home visits, adding to the existing pool of 5,800 already trained by NEA.

For the latest updates on the dengue situation, visit the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, www.dengue.gov.sg or the myENV app.