SINGAPORE: The number of new dengue cases in Singapore rose to 232 in the week ending Apr 23, eight more cases than the previous week, according to latest figures published on the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) dengue website.
Another 34 cases were reported between Apr 24 and 3.30pm on Apr 25.
A total of 7,085 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore since the start of the year. Four people have died of the disease so far – a 47-year-old man who lived in Marsiling Rise, a 67-year-old man who lived in Toa Payoh, a 63-year-old woman who lived in Bedok and a 73-year-old woman who lived in Hougang.
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.
There are now 54 active dengue clusters in Singapore, including 11 classified as high-risk. The biggest cluster is in the area around Bowmont Gardens, Burnfoot Terrace, Carlton Ave, Cheviot Hill, Dryburgh Ave, Dunbar Walk, Ettrick Terrace, Frankel Ave, Greenfield Dr, Jedburgh Gardens, La Salle Street, Roseburn Ave, Siglap Bank, Siglap Drive, Siglap Plain, Siglap Rise, Siglap Walk, Wilton Gardens and Yarrow Gardens.
A total of 80 cases have been reported in the area since the the start of the cluster, including four in the past fortnight.