78-year-old woman from Woodlands dies of dengue

SINGAPORE - A 78-year-old woman from Woodlands has died from dengue.

She was first seen and admitted at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Friday (Oct 31). Her condition, however, deteriorated and she died on Tuesday.

She is the fourth person to have died from dengue this year.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement that she lived at Woodlands Avenue 5, which is not an active dengue cluster.

The NEA will be conducting vector control inspections in the area, the statement said.

Despite the dip in cases over the past two weeks, the risk of dengue transmission remains high, NEA said.

There were 186 cases of dengue reported last week, a decrease of 27 cases from the week before, according to NEA's website.

The latest updates on the dengue situation can be found at the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, www.dengue.gov.sg or the myENV app.

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