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Sharp rise in number of dengue cases last week

The number of dengue cases has seen a spike in recent weeks, said the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) in a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 27).

SINGAPORE: The number of dengue cases has seen a spike in recent weeks, said the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) in a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 27).

The spike comes ahead of the period between June and October, when dengue transmission rates are usually higher. As such, Singaporeans need to continue to protect themselves and help stop the dengue transmission cycle, the ministry said.

In its post, the MEWR said the hotter months of June to October usually see higher transmission of dengue here due to the shortened breeding and maturation cycles for the Aedes mosquitoes and shorter incubation periods for the dengue virus.

Last week, there were 437 reported cases of dengue, a sharp rise from the 292 cases reported in the previous week. Despite the rising number of cases over the past few weeks, the figures are still significantly lower than the peak of 842 reported in the third week of June last year.

As of Monday, there were 12 active clusters classified as high-risk areas that had 10 or more dengue cases. A National Environment Agency (NEA) spokesperson said there were 173 reported cases in the cluster comprising Cornwall Gardens, Farrer Road, Holland Road and Leedon Heights. Of these, 130 involved workers at the Leedon Residence construction site.

After inspections were conducted, stop-work orders were issued for the Leedon Residence and D’Leedon construction sites.

The NEA said the authorities will continue to check public areas and housing estates for potential breeding grounds daily and where necessary, it will impose “longer stop-work orders for sites where breeding is found, in order to break the transmission of the disease”.

The agency has inspected about 7,700 construction sites in the first four months of this year, up 80 per cent from the same period a year ago.

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