More hit by dengue this year

This file photo taken on Jan 27 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito being photographed in a laboratory of control of epidemiological vectors in San Salvador.
This file photo taken on Jan 27 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito being photographed in a laboratory of control of epidemiological vectors in San Salvador. PHOTO: AFP

It is not even three-quarters through 2016, but the number of people struck by dengue fever this year is already more than that for the whole of last year.

There have been 11,343 reported cases of dengue fever - 57 more than the 11,286 cases recorded last year, according to the National Environment Agency. The authorities have warned that the number of cases this year may exceed 30,000.

This would set a new record.

The dengue menace comes even as Singapore battles another mosquito-borne virus - Zika.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2016, with the headline 'More hit by dengue this year'. Print Edition | Subscribe