Nearly 10000 dengue cases reported in Singapore this year

27-Jul-2016 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Nearly 10,000 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore since the start of the year, with more than 200 new cases reported each week for the past five weeks, according to latest figures published on the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) dengue website.

There were 266 dengue cases in the week ending July 23, up from the 223 cases reported in the previous week. Another 33 cases were reported between July 24 and 3pm on July 25.

A total of 9,912 cases have been reported this year. Six people have died of the disease so far, with the latest fatality a 72-year-old woman who lived in Simei. There were four dengue fatalities in the whole of 2015.

There are now 43 active dengue clusters in Singapore – down from 44 the previous week – including nine classified as high-risk. The biggest cluster is in the Telok Kurau and Dunbar Walk area, where 83 cases have been reported, including 11 in the past fortnight.

The area around Admiralty Drive and Sembawang Drive is the second-largest cluster, with 54 cases reported so far, including five in the past two weeks.The area around Jalan Ismail and Lorong Marican near Eunos has also been classified as high-risk, with 53 cases reported, including five in the past fortnight.

In an advisory on its dengue website, NEA called for vigilance from homeowners to prevent mosquito breeding amid the traditional peak season for dengue in Singapore. The majority of mosquito breeding habitats are still being found in homes, such as in domestic containers, flower pot plates and trays, it said.

The Ministry of Health and NEA have warned that the number of dengue cases in Singapore may exceed 30,000 this year, higher than the record of 22,170 reported in 2013.


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