THE number of dengue cases in Singapore in the three weeks from mid-September to early this month has been higher than in previous weeks this year, according to Ministry of Health (MOH) figures. However, the figures are below the Warning Level of 202 cases, and well below the Epidemic Threshold of 280, the MOH website showed.
There were 177 cases of dengue fever in the week of Sept 12-18, an increase of 56 compared to the previous week. The subsequent two weeks saw 180 and 168 cases respectively, according to the ministry’s latest figures. So far this year, there have been 3,896 cases – 321 more than in the same period last year.
To curb the spread of dengue fever, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said the breeding of the Aedes
mosquito must be prevented. The mosquito prefers to breed in clean, stagnant water easily found in homes. The NEA is also refining its risk assessment maps and predictions, and studying ways to detect and kill mosquito larvae more efficiently.