67-year-old Singaporean dies from dengue

The victim lived at Toa Payoh Lorong 4, which is not an active dengue cluster.
Channel NewsAsia 10 Feb 16;

SINGAPORE: A 67-year-old Singaporean man died from dengue on Wednesday (Feb 10), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Ministry of Health (MOH) announced in a joint press release. He was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Monday and his condition deteriorated.

The victim had lived at Toa Payoh Lorong 4, which is not an active dengue cluster. Nonetheless, vector control operations to kill adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats are ongoing, NEA and MOH said.

"Residents are urged to cooperate fully and allow NEA officers to inspect their premises for mosquito breeding and to spray insecticide to kill any infective mosquitoes," they added.

This is the second reported dengue death for Singapore this year. Last month, a 47-year-old Marsiling Rise resident died from the virus as well.

NEA has said it has seen an increase in the Aedes mosquito population due to warmed conditions caused by the 2015 El Nino phenomenon. "In view of the warmer than usual weather persisting, the number of dengue cases in 2016 is expected to be high, with cases spiking earlier than in previous years. There is an urgent need to keep the mosquito population under control," NEA and MOH reiterated.

- CNA/ly

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