The deceased, who lived in Yishun Ring Road, had experienced chest pain and intermittent fever for the past three weeks. When her condition did not improve, she went to the Accident and Emergency unit at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on Saturday. There, she was diagnosed with dengue and warded at the Intensive Care Unit, the hospital said in a statement.
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Read the full statement from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) here:
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) have been notified of the death of a dengue patient who lived at Yishun Ring Road. This is the sixth local dengue death case this year. MOH and NEA wish to express our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased patient.
The patient was a 35-year-old Chinese woman who went to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) Emergency Department (ED) on 28 Sep 2013 with a history of fever, chest pain, lethargy, nausea and loss of appetite. She was diagnosed with Dengue Fever and admitted. Her condition deteriorated after admission and she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit on the same day. She subsequently passed away on 30 Sep 2013.
The patient's residence was in a dengue cluster of three cases. NEA inspectors will continue with checks and conduct vector control operations in the area and residents are encouraged to cooperate fully. The public should also remain vigilant and clear any stagnant water in their homes and the vicinity. The key to effective dengue control is to eliminate all mosquito breeding habitats.
We are still in the midst of the dengue season in Singapore. We urge everyone to continue maintaining vigilance and prevent mosquito breeding by doing the Mozzie Wipeout weekly.
More details on the latest dengue situation can be found at www.dengue.gov.sg. Persons who suspect they may have dengue should consult their doctors as early as possible and use mosquito repellents in order to reduce the risk of spreading the infection further.