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85-year-old man dies of dengue, the second such death this year

The man's residence at Joo Chiat Lane was in a former dengue cluster of 15 cases. 

SINGAPORE: An elderly man has died from dengue fever, the second such death this year. He was an 85-year-old resident of Joo Chiat Lane, and the area was a former dengue cluster and had 15 cases.

The patient was diagnosed with dengue and admitted to Parkway East Hospital on Sunday (July 20). His condition deteriorated and he died yesterday.

The National Environment Agency says it is continuing inspections and control operations in the Joo Chiat area.

Singapore is in peak dengue season. The Health Ministry says a large segment of the population is susceptible to dengue, because of a lack of immunity to the (DENV-1) dengue strain, which causes 90 per cent of infections. 

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