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66-year-old becomes 4th person to die from dengue in current epidemic

Published on Jul 8, 2013 7:38 PM
 
There has been another dengue death, even as the number of infections took a dive last week. A 66-year-old man has become the fourth person to die of dengue in this year's epidemic. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

There has been another dengue death, even as the number of infections took a dive last week. A 66-year-old man has become the fourth person to die of dengue in this year's epidemic.

The latest victim was admitted to Alexandra Hospital on Tuesday last week, after a fall. It was only then that they found he had been suffering from a fever and had rashes for the previous four days.

He tested positive for dengue and was transferred to intensive care. But his condition continued to deteriorate and he died on Monday.

Last week, there were 679 new infections, a big drop from the more than 800 weekly cases seen in the previous four weeks. By 3pm on Sunday, the total number of people who have fallen ill with dengue this year stood at 12,543.

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