Dengue cases climb to 247 in 4th straight week of increase

In total, 9,417 dengue cases have been reported since the start of 2016.
In total, 9,417 dengue cases have been reported since the start of 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Dengue cases last week rose slightly to 247, marking the fourth straight week the figure has been on the up.

According to the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website, this was 13 more cases than the previous week.

Another 26 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday (July 10) to 3pm on Monday (July 11).

In total, 9,417 cases have been reported since the start of 2016.

 

With Singapore currently in the traditional peak dengue season, NEA has already warned the public that an upward trend of dengue cases in the coming months is to be anticipated.

It said at the end of June that the number of cases recorded is more than twice last year's figure for the same period.

As a large proportion of Singapore's population is susceptible to dengue due to the lack of immunity, measures to curb the mosquito population are paramount in preventing a surge in the infection, NEA added.

As of Monday, there were 49 active dengue clusters, with eight classified as high-risk.

A cluster in the Telok Kurau area in East Coast is currently the highest risk with 63 cases in total.