161 new dengue cases reported last week; lowest weekly figure this year

A yellow dengue alert banner in front of Block 670 in Jalan Damai.
A yellow dengue alert banner in front of Block 670 in Jalan Damai. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - The number of new dengue cases reported fell to 161 last week, the lowest weekly figure this year.

The figure was 56 fewer than the previous week, according to the latest numbers provided on the National Environment Agency's website.

Another 35 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday (June 12) to 3pm on Monday (June 13).

 

In total, 8,506 cases have been reported this year.

Five people have already died of dengue this year, the same number as in the whole of 2014. Four people died of the virus last year.

The most recent case was that of a 79-year-old man who lived in Jalan Tenaga, near Eunos. He died last month.

As of Monday, there were 44 active dengue clusters, with six classified as high-risk. A cluster encompassing Geylang and Guillemard Roads has had 95 cases in total.

The NEA again urged the public to continue with mosquito prevention efforts, saying that Singapore is now in the dengue peak season.