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'Significant increase' in dengue cases, with further rise likely: NEA

A total of 676 cases were reported during the week ending June 28, up from 553 the previous week, the NEA says.

SINGAPORE: The National Environment Agency (NEA) has reported a “significant increase” in the number of dengue cases in Singapore, with the figures likely to rise as the weather heats up.

A total of 676 cases were reported during the week ending June 28, up from 553 the previous week, latest figures on the NEA website showed. Between June 28 and 3.30pm on July 1, there were another 265 reported cases.

The NEA warned that there may be a further rise in dengue cases over the next two to three months, with the warmer weather shortening the breeding and maturation cycles of the Aedes mosquitoes, as well as the incubation periods for the dengue virus.

Parts of Hougang and Serangoon continue to be hotspots, with more than 500 dengue cases reported in those areas in the last two weeks.

“The best way to mitigate the higher transmission is to continue efforts to reduce the mosquito population,” the NEA said on its website. “NEA and its Inter-Agency Dengue Task Force partners, as well as Town Councils, are not letting up on efforts to check for and remove potential mosquito breeding habitats.”

Nearly 9,000 people have been diagnosed with dengue so far this year, according to the NEA website.

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