Dengue cases fell to new low of 125 last week

SINGAPORE – The number of new dengue cases has fallen to a new low for the year, according to the latest figures from the National Environment Agency’s dengue website.

There were 125 cases of the mosquito-borne virus last week – 12 fewer than the previous week.

It was the fifth straight week that the weekly figure had declined.

As of Monday (Oct 10), a total of 12,170 dengue cases have been reported since the start of the year – more than the 11,286 cases in the whole of 2015.

Despite the steady decline, NEA urged the public to remain vigilant and work together as a community to suppress the Aedes mosquito population and keep cases in check

The mosquito is responsible for transmitting both the dengue and Zika viruses, as well as yellow fever and chikungunya.

Last week, the Health Sciences Authority gave the green light for Singapore to get the world’s first dengue vaccine.

It had been studying the vaccine since March and fast-tracked its approval process due to public health concerns.

Meanwhile, there were 28 dengue clusters across the island as of Monday, with six classified as high risk.

The cluster at Yishun Avenue 4 and Yishun Street 61 remains the highest risk with a total of 56 cases, including seven in the past fortnight.

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