Early detection and treatment key in dengue fight: Expert

She says 46-year-old who died from disease likely sought treatment late

Officers from the National Environment Agency checking for mosquito larvae in Woodlands. As of July 20, nine people in Singapore, including a 46-year-old man, have died from dengue this year. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Officers from the National Environment Agency checking for mosquito larvae in Woodlands. As of July 20, nine people in Singapore, including a 46-year-old man, have died from dengue this year. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

The 46-year-old man who died from dengue had likely sought treatment late and was already very ill when he did so, said the executive director of Singapore's National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

Professor Leo Yee Sin told The Straits Times yesterday that adults and young adults in good health and without pre-existing conditions are typically able to fight through the infection.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2019, with the headline 'Early detection and treatment key in dengue fight: Expert'. Subscribe