New dengue cases in Singapore rise to 220 after two-week slide

A man walking past a yellow dengue alert poster at Jalan Tenaga in Eunos.
A man walking past a yellow dengue alert poster at Jalan Tenaga in Eunos. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - The number of new dengue cases reported rose to 220 last week, halting a two-week decline of the weekly figures.

This was 22 more cases than the previous week, according to the latest information published on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

Another 25 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday (June 5) to 3.30pm on Monday.

 

A total of 8,373 cases have been recorded since Jan 3.

Five people have died of dengue this year, one more than the four deaths reported in the whole of 2015. The latest death on May 29 was that of a 79-year-old Singaporean man who lived near the Eunos area in Jalan Tenaga.

As of Monday, there were 37 active dengue clusters, with six classified as high-risk.

An area encompassing Geylang and Guillemard Road was the highest risk with 86 cases reported thus far.

With Singapore entering its traditional dengue peak season, NEA has reminded the public that dengue prevention efforts need to be sustained, including the source eradication of mosquito breeding habitats to curb the adult mosquito population.