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A 35-year-old Chinese woman died of dengue on Monday. This is the sixth local dengue death case this year.
SINGAPORE: A 35-year-old Chinese woman died of dengue on Monday. This is the sixth local dengue death case this year.
A joint statement by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), said they have been notified of the death of a dengue patient who lived at Yishun Ring Road.
The patient had gone to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital's Emergency Department on September 28 with a history of fever, chest pain, lethargy, nausea and loss of appetite.
In a statement, the hospital said the woman had intermittent fever for the past three weeks.
She had visited her general practitioner for the fever and was prescribed antibiotics, but her condition did not improve.
The hospital added that the patient had a blood test at its Emergency Department and was tested positive for dengue.
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.
The hospital said the patient's platelet count dropped rapidly, and she was given blood transfusions.
Despite these measures, the patient died on Monday morning at 5.05am.
Her residence was said to be in a dengue cluster of three cases.
NEA said its inspectors will continue with checks and conduct vector control operations in the area and residents are encouraged to cooperate fully.
NEA said 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.
Singapore is still in the midst of the dengue season.
NEA urges everyone to continue maintaining vigilance and prevent mosquito breeding by doing the Mozzie Wipeout weekly.
According to the NEA's website, there were 76 dengue cases on Monday, as at 3pm.
This brings the total number of cases for the year to 16,974.