Dengue cases here have spiked and the National Environment Agency (NEA) warns that further rises in such cases are very likely. 628 dengue cases were reported in the week ending 16 January 2016, 61 more cases than in the previous week.
“We are seeing an increase in the Aedes mosquito population”, said NEA on its dengue alert website.
NEA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) also released a press statement earlier today that a 47-year-old man had died at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital due to dengue. It is the first death due to dengue this year.
“The patient was a 47-year-old Singaporean male who stayed at Marsiling Rise. He was admitted to KTPH on 21 January 2016. His condition deteriorated and he passed away on 22 January 2016,” the press release said.
The patient had been staying in an area located within an active ten case dengue cluster, said the press release.
NEA has been inspecting the premises in the area, and detected and destroyed six counts of mosquito breeding thus far, of which five were found in residential premises and one in common areas.