More than 200 new dengue cases for 7th straight week

A total of 10,352 dengue cases have been reported since the start of the year.
A total of 10,352 dengue cases have been reported since the start of the year. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - More than 200 new dengue cases have been reported in Singapore for the seventh consecutive week, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

There were 212 cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the week ending Aug 6 - nine fewer cases than in the previous week. Another 20 cases were recorded from Sunday (Aug 7) to 3pm on Monday (Aug 8).

A total of 10,352 cases have been reported since the start of the year, with the figure crossing the 10,000 mark at the beginning of August.

Last week, a 79-year-old Singaporean man living in Eastwood Drive in Bedok became the seventh victim of dengue in 2016. He was admitted to hospital on July 30 and died on Aug 4 after his condition deteriorated.

 
 

Four people died of dengue fever in 2015.

While NEA said the number of cases have been fluctuating within the same range the past couple of weeks, it warned that Singapore is still in the traditional peak dengue season and that it is anticipating an upward trend of cases in the coming months.

A spate of infections at the start of the year had led experts to warn that it could led to a record 30,000 cases in 2016, surpassing the high of 22,000 cases recorded in 2013.

As of Monday, there were 47 active dengue clusters - down from 51 in the previous week.

Twelve have been classified as high-risk, with a cluster in Telok Kurau remaining the highest risk with a total of 102 cases, including seven in the last fortnight.