81-year-old woman living in Serangoon North dies of dengue - third dengue death this year

An 81-year-old woman suffering from dengue died on Saturday. The Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency said that the woman was living at Serangoon North Avenue 1, where there is currently an active cluster, with two other dengue cases. -
An 81-year-old woman suffering from dengue died on Saturday. The Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency said that the woman was living at Serangoon North Avenue 1, where there is currently an active cluster, with two other dengue cases. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore - An 81-year-old woman suffering from dengue died on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency said that the woman was living at Serangoon North Avenue 1, where there is currently an active cluster, with two other dengue cases.

The woman was first seen at Tan Tock Seng Hospital's emergency department on Sept 6, where she was admitted and diagnosed with dengue.

The agencies said that one outdoor breeding area was detected in the vicinity - an outlet pipe of an open drain.

"Vector control operations to kill any infective adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats are ongoing," they said in a joint statement.

MOH and NEA urged the public to prevent mosquito breeding and be vigilant, as Singapore is in the midst of the peak dengue season.

The woman's death was the third so far this year. In the past week, there have been over 300 dengue cases here, according to the NEA 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.