Dengue cases rose to 193 last week after falling to lowest weekly figure

Dengue prevention volunteers distributing flyers that call on residents to fight the mosquito-borne virus.
Dengue prevention volunteers distributing flyers that call on residents to fight the mosquito-borne virus. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The number of new dengue cases rose last week after recording the year's lowest weekly figure.

A total of 193 cases were reported - an increase of 34 cases from the previous week, according to latest numbers on the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website.

Another 36 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday (June 19) to 3pm on Monday (June 20).

In total, 8,732 cases have been reported in 2016.

Five people have already died of dengue this year, one more than in the whole of 2014.

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 32 active dengue clusters, with five classified as high-risk. A cluster encompassing Geylang and Guillemard Roads has had 97 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.

The Straits Times reported on Monday that Singapore patients will play a key role in testing a dengue vaccine by Japanese pharmaceutical giant Takeda.

It will conduct a trial of its vaccine at the Singapore General Hospital and Changi General Hospital, and has recruited at least 300 of the 400 participants it needs.