New dengue cases last week plunged to new low of 84; 13 dengue clusters left

The National Environment Agency has urged the public to remain vigilant to help curb the Aedes mosquito population.
The National Environment Agency has urged the public to remain vigilant to help curb the Aedes mosquito population. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - The number of new dengue cases last week plunged to a new low of 84, continuing the trend of declining cases over the past two months.

The figure - the second time this year when cases fell below the 100-mark - was 24 cases fewer than the previous week, according to the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

As of Monday (Oct 31), a total of 12,454 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported since the start of 2016 - more than the 11,286 cases in the whole of last year.

Despite the decline, NEA has repeatedly stressed the need to remain vigilant and continue to work as a community to suppress the Aedes mosquito population.

The mosquito is responsible for transmitting both the dengue and Zika viruses, as well as yellow fever and chikungunya.

There have been eight dengue deaths this year - twice the number compared to 2015. The latest victim was an 11-year-old boy who died on Aug 30.

 

In October, NEA released male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying the Wolbachia bacteria at Braddell Heights Housing Estate, as part of a small-scale trial to control the spread of dengue.

The trial will be extended to two other estates in Nee Soon East and Tampines West in November.

Meanwhile, the number of dengue clusters across Singapore have also gradually decreased. As of Monday, 13 clusters remain - down from 20 the previous week - with two classified as high risk.

The cluster at Yishun Avenue 4 and Yishun Street 61 remains the highest risk with a total of 80 cases, including three in the past fortnight.