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Huge dengue outbreak expected this year; more than 9,000 infected and 12 dead so far

Jun 03, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
The NEA statement said: "The number of dengue cases this year is expected to exceed the 15,998 cases reported in 2019, and may even surpass the 22,170 cases reported in 2013.".

There are now 176 active dengue clusters, the biggest at Woodleigh with 181 people infected.

The NEA said: "Weekly dengue case numbers are likely to continue to rise, and more dengue clusters will form in the coming weeks to months."

There are four dengue serotypes and people are only immune against the type they have previously been infected with.

Professor Ooi Eng Eong, deputy director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School agreed that the circuit breaker to control the Covid-19 outbreak in Singapore could also have added to the dengue outbreak.