Peak dengue season not over, MOH warns

SINGAPORE - Dengue rates could "remain relatively high" as Singapore is still in the midst of the virus' peak season, the Health Ministry warned on Tuesday.

It was responding to queries from The Straits Times following a jump in the number of weekly cases after several consecutive weeks of decline.

From Aug 11 to last Saturday, 378 cases were reported, up from 256 the previous week.

But this week's figures are looking slightly better.

As of 3.30pm on Tuesday, the tally from Sunday was 116. This is an average of 38 cases a day, down from 54 last week. Since March, the most common strain of the virus has been DEN-1.

Last month, it made up 60 per cent of the positive dengue samples.

DEN-2 accounted for 22 per cent while DEN-3 was at 15 per cent, with 3 per cent for DEN-4.

The ministry advised the public to remain vigilant and take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito breeding.

Those with a fever should seek medical attention, and people suffering from suspected or confirmed infections should use anti-mosquito protection to break the chain of transmission.


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