Nov 21, 2013

    Dengue claims this year's seventh victim

    DENGUE has claimed another life in Singapore, as the number of cases surged past 20,000.

    The latest victim was a 53-year-old woman who went to Tan Tock Seng Hospital with a fever last Monday. She was diagnosed with dengue and admitted, but her condition worsened and she died on Saturday.

    She was the seventh person to die of dengue this year.

    So far, 20,115 people in Singapore have been diagnosed with dengue in the worst epidemic the country has experienced. About 5,000 people have been hospitalised for the viral disease that is spread by the Aedes mosquito.

    A statement from the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said the victim lived in Hougang Street 22. It is not known how she was infected, as there is no dengue cluster near her home.

    There are currently more than 70 active dengue clusters, with the largest in the Bedok Road and Bedok Reservoir area, with 157 people infected. Orchard Road also has a cluster, with over 90 infections.