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Woman in her late 50s becomes first dengue death this year

Published on Jan 8, 2014 4:06 PM
 

Singapore has had its first dengue death this year. The victim, a woman who had been transferred from Changi General Hospital to Gleneagles Hospital under an existing agreement between the two, died on Wednesday.

The woman, believed to be in her late 50s, was moved to the private hospital at the end of last year. Her condition deteriorated and she was moved to intensive care. She died of dengue hemorrhagic fever.

More than 20,000 people were infected with dengue last year, and five died. The epidemic has continued into this year, with 437 people infected last week.

An Aedes Albopictus mosquito. Singapore has had its first dengue death this year. The victim, a woman who had been transferred from Changi General Hospital to Gleneagles Hospital under an existing agreement between the two, died on Wednesday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW

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