Singapore

Second person dies of dengue fever

Dengue fever has claimed a second life in Singapore this year.

A 60-year-old woman from India, who was visiting her son here, died from the disease on Saturday at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

In February, a 53-year-old woman from China, who had been living in West Coast Road, had died from dengue fever at the National University Hospital.

In a joint statement yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said it was unclear whether the second victim had caught the infection here or in India.

But the NEA has stepped up its inspections of the premises in the vicinity of her son's home in Block 444, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.

Two other dengue cases had been reported recently in the area - one in Block 438 and the other in Block 441 - making it an active dengue cluster.

NEA had detected 11 mosquito breeding spots, most of them on residential premises.

Efforts to kill adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats have been continuing since the cluster was formed in mid-September.

MOH and NEA said: "We urge everyone to continue maintaining vigilance and prevent mosquito breeding by doing the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout."

This refers to measures to prevent mosquito breeding, which include removing stagnant water, inverting pails and plant pot plates, and capping bamboo pole holders.

The statement urged residents to cooperate with NEA officers who ask to inspect their homes for mosquito breeding and to spray insecticide to kill any mosquitoes found.

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