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    Jan 21, 2016

    Dengue cases up to 628 last week

    DENGUE cases continued to rise sharply after the turn of the new year, with 628 cases reported for the week of Jan 10 to Saturday.

    This was an increase of more than 80 cases compared with the previous week, according to the latest figures published on the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) dengue website.

    Another 193 cases had been reported between Sunday and Tuesday as of 3.30pm.

    As of Tuesday, there were 132 dengue clusters, with 31 designated as red zones - high-risk areas with 10 or more cases.

    The rest were yellow zones.

    Pinpointing the change in the main circulating virus and the increase in mosquitoes due to warmer weather as probable reasons for the spike, the agency has urged the public to be vigilant.

    The El Nino phenomenon has also contributed to warmer-than-usual conditions, which support faster breeding of the Aedes mosquitoes, NEA added.

    The key to preventing breeding is to eradicate habitats at the source.

    Residents should check their premises daily.

    Those with plants in vases should change the water and scrub the inside of the vases every other day.

    The latest updates can be found at the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, at or the myENV app.