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    Aug 31, 2016

    Dengue cases break 11k mark in peak season

    THE number of dengue cases in Singapore has crossed the 11,000 mark for this year, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) dengue website.

    As of Monday, a total of 11,053 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported - just shy of the 11,286 cases in the whole of last year.

    Last week saw the number of dengue cases rise to 274, an increase of 52 from the previous week.

    While the number of cases has been fluctuating within the same range for the past couple of weeks, NEA has repeatedly said it is anticipating an upward trend in the coming months as Singapore is currently in its traditional peak dengue season.

    It warned in February that there could be more than 30,000 cases this year - higher than the historic 22,170 reported in 2013.

    Seven people have died from dengue this year, three more than in the whole of last year.

    Ten areas have been classified as high-risk, with a cluster in Tampines the highest risk with 60 cases, including three in the last fortnight.

    Since April, NEA said its Gravitrap data has shown a steady increase in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population.

    The mosquito is responsible for transmitting both the dengue and Zika viruses.

    Singapore reported its first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus on Saturday.

    Since then, another 55 Zika cases have surfaced as the authorities warn of more to come.