Number of new dengue cases last week drops below 200 for first time in 7 weeks

198 new dengue cases have been reported in Singapore last week (Aug 7 to Aug 13), according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.
198 new dengue cases have been reported in Singapore last week (Aug 7 to Aug 13), according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Altogether 198 new dengue cases have been reported in Singapore last week (Aug 7 to 13), according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

This is the first time in seven weeks that the number of cases is less than 200.

The figure was also 12 fewer than the previous week. Another 34 cases were recorded from Sunday (Aug 14) to 3pm on Monday.

Since the start of the year, 10,508 cases have been reported, with the figure crossing the 10,000 mark at the beginning of August.

So far, seven people have died from dengue fever this year, three more than for 2015.

The most recent case was that of a 79-year-old man who lived in Eastwood Drive in Bedok.

He was admitted to hospital on July 30 and died on Aug 4 after his condition deteriorated.

Despite the drop in the number of cases, the NEA has warned that Singapore is still in the traditional peak dengue season and an upward trend of cases is anticipated in the coming months.

A spate of infections at the start of the year had led experts to warn that this could lead to a record 30,000 cases this year, surpassing the high of 22,000 cases recorded in 2013.

As of Monday, there were 43 active dengue clusters, down from 47 the previous week.

Eleven clusters have been classified as high risk, with one in Telok Kurau remaining the highest with a total of 103 cases, including one case in the last fortnight.