New dengue cases last week rose slightly to 176, halting two-week decline

Fogging activities being carried out in Bedok North at the start of September to curb mosquito breeding.
Fogging activities being carried out in Bedok North at the start of September to curb mosquito breeding. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The number of new dengue cases last week rose slightly to halt a two-week slide, according to the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

There were 176 reported cases of the mosquito-borne virus - two more than the previous week. This was the third lowest weekly figure, with the lowest of 161 recorded in June.

A total of 11,924 dengue cases have been reported since the start of the year.

Seven people have died from dengue this year, three more than in the whole of last year.

With Singapore still in the traditional peak dengue season, the NEA said it is still anticipating an upward trend in the number of cases.

 

It warned in February that there could be more than 30,000 cases this year - higher than the historic 22,170 cases reported in 2013.

NEA's Gravitrap data has also shown a steady increase in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population, indicating an abundance of the mosquito vector in the community.

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

Meanwhile, the number of dengue clusters across the island continues to decrease. As of Monday (Sept 26), there were 35 compared to the 40 reported last week. Seven are classified as high risk.

A cluster at Yishun Avenue 4 and Yishun Street 61 is now the highest risk with a total of 56 cases, including seven in the past fortnight.