53-year-old woman becomes seventh person to die of dengue this year

Poster of the latest number of Dengue cases at the sheltered walkway towards Somerset MRT, opposite the Somerset 313 shopping mall on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013. Dengue has claimed another life in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Poster of the latest number of Dengue cases at the sheltered walkway towards Somerset MRT, opposite the Somerset 313 shopping mall on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013. Dengue has claimed another life in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Dengue has claimed another life in Singapore.

The woman, 53, went to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Nov 11 with fever.

She was diagnosed with dengue and admitted, but her condition got worse and she died on Saturday. She was the seventh person to die of dengue this year.

So far, 20,115 people in Singapore have been diagnosed with dengue in the worst epidemic the country has experienced. About 5,000 people have been hospitalised for this viral disease that is spread by the Aedes mosquito.

A statement from the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said the latest victim lived at Hougang Street 22. It is not known how she got infected, as there is no dengue cluster near her home.

There are currently more than 70 active dengue clusters, with the largest in Bedok Road/Bedok Reservoir with 157 people infected.

The statement added: "We urge residents to remain vigilant and clear any stagnant water in their homes and vicinity.

"The key to effective dengue control is to eliminate all mosquito breeding habitats."