New dengue cases fall to lowest weekly figure this year

A worker fumigating an area at a residential estate in Singapore on April 5, 2016.
A worker fumigating an area at a residential estate in Singapore on April 5, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The number of dengue cases recorded last week fell to 181 - the first time the weekly figure has fallen below the 200-mark since the start of the year.

This was 61 cases fewer than the previous week, the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website showed.

Another 34 new cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday (March 8) to Monday at 3.30pm.

 

A total of 7,538 dengue cases have been reported in 2016.

As of Tuesday (May 10), the number of high-risk dengue clusters had also decreased to 10.

The Jedburgh Gardens area in Siglap, however, remained the highest risk area with a total of 87 cases reported.

NEA has urged the public to remain vigilant and continue to work as a community to keep the virus in check, with the majority of mosquito-breeding still being found in homes.

Four people have also died from dengue this year, matching the number seen in the whole of 2015. The latest death on March 22 was that of a 73-year-old woman who lived at Poh Huat Road West.