Dengue cases cross 9,000 mark as weekly figure rises for third straight week

An Aedes aegypti mosquito photographed in a laboratory.
An Aedes aegypti mosquito photographed in a laboratory. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Dengue cases for the year hit 9,000 as the weekly figure went up yet again, according to the latest statistics on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

The number of new cases last week rose to 235, an increase of 20 cases from the previous week. This marks the third straight week the figure has risen.

Another 29 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday (July 3) to 3pm on Monday (July 4).

In total, 9,174 cases have been reported in 2016.

Last week, the NEA warned the public that it was anticipating an upward trend in the number of cases in the coming month.

 

It also said the number of cases recorded thus far is more than twice last year's figure for the same period.

"NEA's Gravitrap data has shown a steady increase in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population in the last two months," it said on its website.

"Since April, we have observed 50 per cent more mosquitoes caught in Gravitraps that have been deployed islandwide. This indicates an abundance of the mosquito vector in our community."

As of Monday, there were 36 active dengue clusters, with seven classified as high-risk.

A new cluster in Sembawang is currently the highest risk with 42 cases in total.