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    Jan 25, 2016

    Man, 47, is the first dengue death of 2016

    A 47-YEAR-OLD Singaporean man is the first person to succumb to the dengue virus this year.

    In a joint press release yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) said they were notified of his death at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on Friday.

    He had been admitted on Thursday.

    He had been staying at Marsiling Rise, an area located within an active 10-case dengue cluster, according to NEA.

    It had been inspecting the premises in the area and detected and destroyed six counts of mosquito breeding thus far.

    Five were found in the residential premises and one in the common areas.

    Operations to kill adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats have been ongoing since the notification of the cluster on Jan 5, NEA added.

    Residents are urged to cooperate fully and allow its officers to inspect their premises for mosquito breeding and to spray insecticide to kill the mosquitoes.

    Dengue cases have been on the rise since the turn of the year.

    In the week of Jan 10 to 16, 628 cases were reported - the highest weekly figure in over a year.

    NEA has cited the El Nino phenomenon, which has contributed to warmer weather, and a change in the main circulating virus as key factors in the spike.

    Four people died from dengue last year.

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