Number of dengue cases reported last week dipped to 242 after three-week rise

A dengue poster in Bedok Rise, an area that is part of a high-risk cluster that has seen 60 cases so far.
A dengue poster in Bedok Rise, an area that is part of a high-risk cluster that has seen 60 cases so far. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - The number of dengue cases reported last week fell to 242, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

This was 68 cases fewer than the previous week, arresting an upward trend for three straight weeks that saw the weekly figure exceed 300 for the first time since March.

As of Tuesday (Sept 13), a total of 11,603 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported since the start of the year - more than the 11,286 reported in 2015.

Despite the dip, NEA has repeatedly stressed that Singapore is currently in the midst of its traditional peak dengue season, and that it is anticipating an upward trend in the number of cases in the coming months.

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.

 

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

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.

There are currently 64 active dengue clusters across the island, with 13 classified as high risk.

A cluster in Bedok is the highest risk with a total of 60 cases, including seven in the past fortnight.