Dengue cases double from last year; expected to rise

Workers contracted by the NEA carry out fogging at Lorong 30 Geylang to fight against dengue in the area.
Workers contracted by the NEA carry out fogging at Lorong 30 Geylang to fight against dengue in the area.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Close to 9,000 dengue cases have been reported as of June 25 this year, more than twice the number in the same period last year, and numbers are expected to climb, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Thursday (June 30).

As of June 25, about 8,900 dengue cases have been reported this year. This is more than twice last year's figure of 4,100 for the same period.

"As we are in the traditional peak dengue season, we are anticipating an upward trend in the number of dengue cases in the coming months," NEA said.

Last week, 215 dengue cases were reported, 22 cases more than in the previous week.

The rise in dengue cases is matched by a rise in the number of Aedes mosquitoes.

There has been a steady increase in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population in the last two months, according to NEA's Gravitrap data.

NEA said 50 per cent more Aedes mosquitoes have been caught in Gravitraps, which are placed in common corridors to trap mosquitoes.

The number of Aedes aegypti breeding found in homes during inspections has also seen a 50 per cent increase in the last two months.

"These indicate an abundance of the mosquito vector in our community," NEA said, adding that this can lead to a "surge in dengue cases".

From the 544,000 inspections conducted from January to May, most breeding sites were found in domestic containers and flower pot plates or trays, NEA said.

NEA officers have destroyed more than 6,800 instances of mosquito breeding, it said.

It reminded members of the public to get rid of stagnant water in their homes.

The Agency has also conducted more than 2,900 inspections at construction sites, finding mosquitos breeding during 9 per cent of inspections.

It has issued more than more than 30 stop work orders and 290 notices to attend court.

"NEA urges everyone to continue to remain vigilant and to take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito breeding," it said.