Dengue cases up for third straight week

SINGAPORE - Dengue is on the rise again. Last week, 480 people were diagnosed with the viral disease, up from 437 the previous week.


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The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement that there has been an increase in the number of cases over the past three weeks. In the week ending Dec 7, there were 347 cases.

The cumulative number of cases beginning from Jan 1 this year stands at 1,032.

The agency added that they are seeing more cases reported in the Geylang Bartley, Lakeside and Yishun clusters.

"Even as NEA steps up its dengue control efforts, it is important that everyone does his or her part by observing the Mozzie Wipeout and preventing mosquito breeding," NEA noted on its dengue website.

Visit www.dengue.gov.sg for regular updates on dengue case numbers and affected areas. These updates are also available on myENV app and X-Dengue sms alerts (www.x-dengue.com).

Members of the public who encounter mosquito breeding habitats should contact NEA's 24-hr hotline, 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632) or email Contact_NEA@nea.gov.sg.

The 5-Step "Mozzie Wipeout"

1. Change water in vases/bowls on alternate days 
2. Turn over all water storage containers 
3. Remove water from flower pot plates on alternate days 
4. Clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly
5. Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use