Man, 69, dies from dengue

SINGAPORE — A 69-year-old Chinese man has died from dengue, becoming the fifth person to die of the disease this year. The patient, who lived at Chuan Terrace, an active dengue cluster, was admitted to Mount Alvernia Hospital on Monday. His condition deteriorated and he died yesterday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) in a joint press release.

The NEA has completed inspecting all premises in the area of the patient’s residence and detected 20 counts of mosquito breeding thus far. Vector control operations to kill infective adult mosquitoes and destroy potential breeding habitats are ongoing. Thermal fogging was also being carried out.

Over the past five weeks, weekly dengue cases have dipped consecutively. “While there has been a decrease in the number of cases, we need to remain vigilant and continue to keep dengue cases in check as a large proportion of our population is still susceptible to dengue infection due to the lack of immunity,” said the MOH and NEA.

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