The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) have been notified of the death of a dengue patient at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). This is the third dengue fever fatality of the year.
The patient was an 81-year-old Chinese woman who lived at Serangoon North Ave 1, where there is currently an active cluster with two cases. She was first seen at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) Emergency Department (ED) on 6 September 2014 and was admitted. During admission, she was diagnosed with dengue. Her condition deteriorated and she subsequently passed away on 13 September 2014.
Health officials warn the public they are still in the midst of the peak dengue season in Singapore and a large proportion of our population is still susceptible to dengue infection due to the lack of immunity.
They urge citizens about the need to remove stagnant water from the environment, so as to deprive the mosquitoes of their breeding habitats. Inverting pails and plant pot plates, changing water in vases regularly, and capping bamboo pole holders when they are not in use are simple steps that everyone can take to prevent mosquitoes from establishing a foothold in our neighborhoods.
The total dengue fever case count in Singapore is 14,651 since the beginning of the year. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page
In 2013, Singapore recorded it’s most severe dengue outbreak recording more than 22,000 cases and seven fatalities. This easily beat the 2005 epidemic when the city-state recorded 14,000 cases and 25 deaths.