Number of new dengue cases falls for 3rd week in a row

Number of new dengue cases falls for 3rd week in a row

There were 397 new cases in the week of Mar 6 to Mar 12, 15 fewer than the previous week, according to the latest data from NEA.

SINGAPORE: The number of new cases of dengue reported continued its downward trajectory, with 397 cases reported from Mar 6 to Mar 12, according to the National Environment Agency's latest data.

This was 15 cases fewer than the 412 cases reported in the previous week. There were 512 cases reported from Feb 21 to Feb 27, and 590 cases from Feb 14 to Feb 20.

Another 68 cases were reported from Mar 13 to 3.30pm on Mar 14, according to NEA's website.

A total of 5,351 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore since the start of the year. Three people - a 47-year-old man who lived in Marsiling Rise, a 67-year-old man who lived in Toa Payoh and a 63-year-old woman who lived in Bedok - have died of the disease so far.

The Ministry of Health and NEA have warned that the number of dengue cases in Singapore may exceed 30,000 this year, higher than the record of 22,170 reported in 2013.

This is due to factors such as warmer conditions brought about by the El Nino weather phenomenon, faster breeding and maturation cycles of the Aedes mosquito population and a change in the main circulating dengue virus, said both agencies at a joint media briefing.

Source: CNA/mz