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    Aug 25, 2016

    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

    of 2015.

    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.