First dengue death: He waited 5 hours at TTSH's emergency department, says mum

PHOTO: First dengue death: He waited 5 hours at TTSH's emergency department, says mum

SINGAPORE - Mr Ang Yong Han, 20, went to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital's (TTSH) emergency department last Thursday and was diagnosed with viral fever. After being given a drip, he was sent home. When his condition did not improve, he went back to the hospital's emergency department again in the wee hours of Friday. But after waiting for five hours, he left to go to a general practitioner near his home, said his mother Madam Yap Geok Kuan, 45.

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MOH and NEA joint statement:

Greater vigilance needed against dengue with first dengue death case

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) have  been notified of the death of a dengue patient who lived at Hougang Avenue 1. This is the  first dengue death case this year and it highlights the urgency for greater community vigilance to stamp out possible mosquito breeding spots.

The patient was a 20-year-old Singaporean Chinese male who was seen at Tan  Tock Seng Hospital's (TTSH) emergency department (ED) on 23 May and diagnosed as having viral fever. His condition was reported to be stable and he was discharged with advice to return to the ED if his symptoms worsened. He was also asked to visit an  outpatient clinic for follow up and a repeat blood test.

The patient subsequently returned to TTSH's ED on 26 May and was admitted as  a dengue case. During admission, his condition deteriorated despite medical  interventions, and he passed away on 29 May.

NEA is conducting thorough vector control operations at the vicinity of the case's  residence (Hougang Avenue 1), which is a dengue cluster. Residents should cooperate  fully with the NEA inspectors conducting ground operations.

MOH and NEA wish to express our deepest condolences to the family of the  deceased patient. We strongly encourage all Singaporeans to take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito breeding by doing the Mozzie Wipeout weekly.

More details on this can be found in Everyone needs to play their part and  be socially responsible to stop the chain of transmission in the community.

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.

30 MAY 2013