Dengue cases top 200 for 5th week in a row; more than 9,900 cases reported this year

NEA-contracted workers conducting fogging activities in Geylang in June.
NEA-contracted workers conducting fogging activities in Geylang in June.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - With Singapore now firmly in the traditional peak dengue fever season, dengue cases have exceeded 200 a week for the fifth week in a row.

There were 266 reported cases last week - 43 more than the previous week - according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

Another 33 cases were reported from Sunday (July 24) to 3pm on Monday (July 25).

In total, 9,912 cases have been reported since the start of 2016. In the whole of last year, a little over 11,200 people were diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus.

Six people have died from dengue this year, two more than in the whole of 2015.

 

The most recent death was that of a 72-year-old woman who lived in Simei. She died on June 25.

NEA has repeatedly warned the public to expect an upward trend in the number of cases in the coming months, with its Gravitrap data showing a steady increase in the Aedes mosquito population since April.

Source eradication of mosquito breeding habitats and the spraying of insecticides remain the key to dengue prevention, it added.

As of Monday, there were 43 active dengue clusters, with nine classified as high-risk.

A cluster in Telok Kurau is currently the highest risk with 83 reported cases - including 11 in the last two weeks - since the start of the cluster.