New dengue cases spike for second straight week, nearly 9,000 cases reported this year

Workers conducting fogging operations in front of a dengue alert banner in Geylang.
Workers conducting fogging operations in front of a dengue alert banner in Geylang. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - The number of dengue cases reported last week rose to 215, marking the second straight week the figure has gone up.

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

Another 36 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday (June 26) to 3pm on Monday (June 27).

In total, 8,946 cases have been reported in 2016.

Five people have died of dengue this year - one more than in the whole of 2014 - while the NEA had warned previously that the number of cases could hit a high of 30,000 this year.

With Singapore now in the traditional dengue peak season, the agency has urged the public to sustain their prevention efforts to curb the breeding of the Aedes mosquitoes, which spreads dengue.

As of Monday, there were 36 active dengue clusters, with seven classified as high-risk. A cluster encompassing Geylang and Guillemard Roads remains the highest risk with 99 cases in total.