Singapore: Rise in dengue cases, 200 new cases reported for 7th consecutive week

The National Environment Agency anticipates that the number of cases might rise in the coming months.

Nearly 200 new dengue cases have been reported in Singapore for the seventh consecutive week indicating the rise in the mosquito-borne virus in the nation.

According to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency's (NEA) dengue website, 212 dengue cases were reported in the week ending August 6. But within two days another 20 cases have been reported.

Since the beginning of this year, a total of 10, 352 cases have been reported. The reports show that the count crossed the 10,000 mark at the starting of August.

Seven people have already died of dengue fever this year, while five people die in 2015.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) warned the public to be careful saying that the country is still in the traditional peak dengue season. The agency anticipated that the number of cases might rise in the coming months.

NEA also said, since the past couple of weeks, the number of cases has been fluctuating within the same range.

In the previous week, 51 active dengue clusters were reported, but there were 47 active dengue clusters in Singapore as of Monday.

NEA conducted multiple rounds of inspections in residential premises and outdoor areas. The agencies urged residents to cooperate with them fully as vector control operations have been ongoing to prevent dengue transmission.