Dengue cases rise slightly last week, bucking two-week decline

A woman walking past a red dengue alert poster in Serangoon North.
A woman walking past a red dengue alert poster in Serangoon North. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The number of new dengue cases last week rose slightly to buck a two-week decline, the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website showed.

There were 232 cases in the week ending on April 23 - eight more than the previous week.

Another 34 cases were reported between Sunday (April 24) and 3.30pm on Monday.

A total of 7,119 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been diagnosed since the start of the year - almost three times the number experienced at the same time last year.

As of Monday, there are 54 active dengue clusters, with 11 of them designated as "red" high-risk areas.

The biggest cluster, with a total of 80 cases, is now an area in Siglap.


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NEA has repeatedly warned that reported dengue cases remain high for this time of the year, even as the weekly figures have generally been on a downward trend over the past month or two.

Four people have also died from dengue this year, matching the number seen in the whole of 2015. The latest death last month was that of a 73-year-old woman who lived at Poh Huat Road West.