SINGAPORE: The number of new dengue cases in Singapore rose to 244 in the week ending Apr 30, 15 cases more than the previous week, according to latest figures published on the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) dengue website.
Another 44 cases were reported between May 1 and 3.30pm on May 3.
A total of 7,370 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 61 active dengue clusters in Singapore, including 12 classified as high-risk. The biggest cluster is in the area around Siglap Drive, Bowmont Gardens and Frankel Avenue. A total of 85 cases have been reported in the area, including 4 in the past fortnight.