Dengue cases in Singapore rise

Singapore, May 4 (IANS) The number of new dengue cases in Singapore rose to 244 with 15 new cases recorded last week, according to latest figures published by the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) on Wednesday.

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Another 44 cases were reported between May 1 and 3, Channel News Asia reported.

A total of 7,370 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore since the start of the year. Four people have died of the disease.

The health ministry and NEA have warned that the number of dengue cases in Singapore may exceed 30,000 this year, higher than the record of 22,170 reported in 2013.

This is due to factors such as warmer conditions brought about by the El Nino weather phenomenon, faster breeding and maturation cycles of the Aedes mosquito population and a change in the main circulating dengue virus.

There are now 61 active dengue clusters in Singapore, including 12 classified as high-risk.

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