Mandai Estate resident, 81, dies from dengue

An 81-year-old man living in Mandai Estate died from dengue fever on Nov 7, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - An 81-year-old man died from dengue at Khoo Teck Puat hospital (KTPH) on Monday (Nov 7), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a joint press release on Tuesday.

The Singaporean male, who lived at Mandai Estate, was admitted to KTPH on Oct 25. His condition deteriorated and he died on Monday.

Mandai Estate is not an active dengue cluster, but vector control operations to kill adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats are ongoing in the area, the statement said. Residents are urged to cooperate fully and allow NEA officers to inspect their premises for mosquito breeding and to spray insecticide to kill any mosquitoes.

MOH and NEA reminded the public to remain vigilant and continue to work as a community to suppress the Aedes mosquito population and keep dengue cases in check.

As the same mosquito vector which transmits dengue also transmits Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya, the preventive measures implemented will also help to prevent Zika and other vector-borne diseases from taking root in Singapore.

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

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