Fifth person in Singapore dies of dengue

A 52-year-old man has died of dengue, the fifth local dengue death this year. -- FILE PHOTO: NEA
A 52-year-old man has died of dengue, the fifth local dengue death this year. -- FILE PHOTO: NEA

A 52-year-old man has died of dengue, the fifth local dengue death this year.

The victim, who died on Aug 13, lived in Corporation Walk. He was first seen at Jurong Polyclinic on June 29 with a two-day history of fever. He returned to the polyclinic on July 4 as he was still having fever, said a joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency.

He was referred by the polyclinic to the National University Hospital emergency department and was admitted to the intensive care unit on the same day. He was diagnosed with Dengue Shock Syndrome.

The patient's condition improved transiently after dialysis and supportive therapy but he remained critically ill with low blood counts. His condition deteriorated after he developed pneumonia with septic shock on Aug 11.

The patient's home was in a dengue cluster of three cases.