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    Jul 09, 2014

    Jump in S'pore dengue cases

    THE number of reported dengue cases in the week that ended on Saturday rose to 898, up by 33 per cent from 674 the week before, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).

    The NEA's Gravitrap surveillance system has also shown that the population of adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has doubled since May this year.

    "We are in peak dengue season and expect the cases to rise further," NEA said. There have been 9,697 reported cases this year as of Monday.

    The strain of virus that caused last year's epidemic, DENV-1, remains dominant, accounting for almost 90 per cent of infections.

    A large proportion of the population is still susceptible to dengue infection due to the lack of immunity to DENV-1, said the NEA.

    The NEA, all town councils and other public agencies will continue to check public areas and housing estates for potential breeding grounds, with a focus on riskier areas like construction sites.