The Singapore Ministry of Health reported Wednesday on the second dengue fever related fatality in the city-state in 2016. The patient was a 67-year-old Singaporean male who stayed at Toa Payoh Lorong 4. He was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on 8 February 2016. His condition deteriorated and he passed away on 10 February 2016.
On Jan. 22, a 47-year-old Singaporean male who stayed at Marsiling Rise was the first dengue death of the year.
The patient’s residence at Toa Payoh Lorong 4 is not an active dengue cluster. Nonetheless, vector control operations to kill adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats are ongoing. Residents are urged to cooperate fully and allow National Environment Agency (NEA) officers to inspect their premises for mosquito breeding and to spray insecticide to kill any infective mosquitoes.
Health officials report seeing an increase in the Aedes mosquito population due to warmer conditions caused by the 2015 El Niño phenomenon, which aid in breeding and spread of both the mosquito vector and the virus. In view of the warmer than usual weather persisting, the number of dengue cases in 2016 is expected to be high, with cases spiking earlier than in previous years.
To date, Singapore has reported 3,104 dengue fever cases since the beginning of the year.