Singapore sees rise in dengue cases after five weeks of decline


  • Singapore
  • Wednesday, 08 Jan 2020

Singapore had its third-biggest dengue outbreak in 2019, with more than 16,100 people down with the viral infection.- ST/ANN

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): Mosquitoes came back with a vengeance over the Christmas and New Year period, as more people came down with dengue after five weeks of falling numbers of the infection.

There were 291 cases in the week ending Dec 28, up from 226 the previous week - a 29 per cent jump.

Last week, the number of infections continued to rise, with 314 people diagnosed with the viral disease, an 8 per cent increase over the previous week, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) dengue website.

There are now 86 active clusters, an increase of almost a third since the middle of last month.

Singapore had its third-biggest dengue outbreak last year, with more than 16,100 people down with the viral infection.

There were about 1,500 dengue clusters islandwide during the year. At the infection's peak, 664 people were infected in one week in July.

Of those infected, 88 people had the more serious, and occasionally fatal, dengue haemorrhagic fever.

This was the highest number since 2013, when 93 people out of the 22,077 infected had this form of dengue.

Twenty people died of dengue last year. The youngest was 45 years old, and the oldest was 94. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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