Dengue cases fall for 2nd straight week

A dengue poster near a bus stop in Aljunied Crescent.
A dengue poster near a bus stop in Aljunied Crescent. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - The number of dengue cases has fallen for the second straight week, according to the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

There were 175 cases of the mosquito-borne virus last week - 66 fewer than the previous week.

As of Monday (Sept 19), a total of 11,760 dengue cases have been reported since the start of the year - more than the 11,286 cases in 2015.

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

With Singapore still in the traditional peak dengue season, the NEA said it is still anticipating an upward trend in the number of cases.

 

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.

NEA's Gravitrap data has also shown a steady increase in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population, indicating an abundance of the mosquito vector in the community.

The mosquito is responsible for transmitting both the dengue and Zika viruses, as well as yellow fever and chikungunya.

There was also a drop in the number of active dengue clusters, with 40 compared to the 64 reported last week. Ten are classified as high risk.

A cluster in Bedok remains the highest risk with a total of 64 cases, including six in the past fortnight.