222 new dengue cases last week, more expected
A TOTAL of 222 new dengue cases were reported
in Singapore last week, according to the
latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) dengue website.
This figure for the week ending Aug 20 is up from 198 the week before, which was the first
time in seven weeks that the number of cases
had dropped below 200.
Another 39 cases were reported from Sunday
to 3pm on Monday.
NEA says that although the number of cases
has been fluctuating within this range for several weeks, the figure is expected to climb in the months ahead as the traditional peak season
for dengue fever progresses.
Since the start of the year, 10,730 cases
have been reported, with seven deaths so far.
This is three more deaths than in the whole
The most recent fatality was that of
a 79-year-old man who lived in Eastwood Drive
in Bedok, who was admitted to hospital
on July 30 and died on Aug 4.
As of Monday, there were 46 active
dengue clusters across the island, up from
43 the previous week. Eleven are classified as high-risk with at least 10 reported cases of dengue.
The active cluster in Tampines Avenue 8
has the highest number of cases at 55,
with two new cases in the past fortnight.
No new cases were reported in the Telok Kurau cluster, which has seen 103 cases, but the area is under a 21-day surveillance.