Number of dengue cases continues to fall; 374 reported in week ending March 19

A yellow dengue alert poster at a bus stop in Clementi Road.
A yellow dengue alert poster at a bus stop in Clementi Road. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The number of dengue cases fell yet again for the fourth week in a row, thanks to recent concerted efforts to stem the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

The latest data from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website indicated there were 374 new cases in the week ending March 19 - a drop of 23 cases from the previous week.

Another 58 cases were reported from Sunday (March 20) to 3.30pm on Monday. A total of 5,715 cases have been recorded since Jan 3 this year.

After peaking at 590 cases from Feb 14 to Feb 20, the number of cases has since fallen steadily. There were 512 cases from Feb 21 to 27, 412 from Feb 28 to March 5 and 397 from March 6 to 12.

As of Monday, the number of active dengue clusters stood at 92. Of these, 23 were considered high-risk areas.

The largest, with 16 cases in the past fortnight and 83 reported so far, remains the Kensington Park Road and Serangoon North area.

Three people have died from the dengue virus this year. The most recent casualty on March 10 was a 63-year-old woman who lived in Bedok North.

 

All-out efforts to stem the spread of the virus have been ongoing in recent weeks, with NEA announcing last month it was stepping up its anti-dengue campaign.

Among the new measures is a $200 fine for home owners found to be breeding mosquitoes at home, regardless of whether they are living in an active dengue cluster or not.

The agency previously warned that dengue cases could hit a historic high of 30,000, surpassing the previous record of 22,170 in 2013.

For the latest updates on the dengue situation, visit the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, www.dengue.gov.sg or the myENV app.