A 79-year-old Chinese Singaporean man died yesterday due to illness with dengue fever at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health. He becomes the third dengue related death of 2015.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

Health officials say the elderly patient who resided at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 25 and his condition got worse he he later died on Nov. 28.

The home was 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.

The other two dengue fatalities include a 60-year-old female Indian national who died in September and  a 53-year-old woman who died in February.

To date, the NEA puts the dengue case tally at 9,466 as of Nov. 27. The number of cases year to date is significantly down from the same period in 2014 when approximately 17,000 case were seen.