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    Jun 29, 2016

    Rise in number of dengue cases over past two weeks

    THE number of dengue cases reported last week rose to 215, marking the second straight week the figure has gone up.

    This was 22 cases more than the previous week, according to the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) dengue website.

    Another 36 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported from Sunday to 3pm on Monday.

    In total, 8,946 cases have been reported this year.

    Five people have died of dengue this year - one more than in the whole of 2014 - while NEA warned previously that the number of cases could hit a high of 30,000 this year.

    With Singapore now in the traditional dengue peak season, the agency has urged members of

    the public to sustain their prevention efforts

    to curb the breeding of the Aedes mosquito,

    which spreads dengue.

    As of Monday, there were 36 active dengue clusters, with seven classified as high-risk.

    A cluster encompassing Geylang and Guillemard roads remains the highest risk, with 99 cases.