Dengue cases cross 11,000 mark in first 8 months of 2016

As of Aug 29, a total of 11,053 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore this year.
As of Aug 29, a total of 11,053 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore this year. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The number of dengue cases in Singapore has crossed the 11,000 mark for this year, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

As of Monday (Aug 29), a total of 11,053 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported - just shy of the 11,286 cases in the whole of 2015.

Last week saw the number of dengue cases rise to 274, an increase of 52 cases from the previous week.

While the number of cases has been fluctuating within the same range for the past couple of weeks, NEA has repeatedly said it is anticipating an upward trend in the coming months as Singapore is currently in its traditional peak dengue season.

It warned in February that there could be more than 30,000 cases this year - higher than the historic 22,170 cases reported in 2013.

Seven people have died from dengue this year, three more than in the whole of last year.

 

Ten have been classified as high-risk, with a cluster in Tampines the highest risk with a total of 60 cases, including three in the last fortnight. 

Since April, NEA said its Gravitrap data has shown a steady increase in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population. The mosquito is responsible for transmitting both the dengue and Zika viruses.

Singapore reported its first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus last Saturday (Aug 27).

Since then, another 55 Zika cases have surfaced as the authorities warn of more to come.