The Asian city-state and island country of Singapore is reporting a dengue fever fatality in a man who lived at Chuan Terrace, according to the health ministry today.  The patient was a 69-year-old Chinese man who was admitted to Mount Alvernia Hospital on 24 November 2014. His condition deteriorated and he subsequently passed away on 27 November 2014.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

This is the second dengue fever death reported in November and the 5th of the year.

The patient’s residence is located in an active dengue cluster. Vector control operations to kill any infective adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats are ongoing. Additionally, thermal fogging was also carried out at the cluster area.

Health officials remind the public that while there has been a decrease in the number of cases, vigilance must be continued to keep dengue cases in check as a large proportion of our population is still susceptible to dengue infection due to the lack of immunity.

According to the National Environmental Agency (NEA), as of Nov. 27, there has been 17,330 dengue fever cases reported in 2014.

In 2013, Singapore recorded a record 22,318 cases, smashing the previous record of about 14,000 cases in 2005.

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