Three die from dengue fever in Jurong West

Three die from dengue fever in Jurong West

06-04-2018 18:08 | 0 bình luận
Victims are a man, 41, and two women aged 63 and 68; dengue death toll at 4 so far this year

Three people who lived in an active and high-risk dengue cluster in Jurong West have died from the disease, bringing its national death toll to four this year.

In a joint statement, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday that two of the victims died on Thursday at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

One of them, a 41-year-old Singaporean man, was admitted on April 29 but his condition deteriorated. The other was a 63-year-old Singaporean woman who died two days after being admitted to the hospital.

Another victim, a 68-year-old Singaporean woman, died on April 13 while she was overseas, after contracting dengue here.

Ms Sharon Loh, who lives in the same block as the 63-year-old woman, said she was very strong and healthy. "One day, she was in the hospital, and the next, she has passed on," said the factory worker, who is in her 60s and lives at Block 948, Jurong West Street 91.

MOH and NEA said 60 cases have been reported since April 3 in the largest dengue cluster so far this year at Jurong West Streets 91 and 92, where all three victims lived, with 32 cases reported in the last two weeks alone.

Another victim, a 68-year-old Singaporean woman, died on April 13 while she was overseas, after contracting dengue here.

A poster put up by NEA warning about dengue, at Block 946 Jurong West Street 91, where all three victims lived.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

Ms Sharon Loh, who lives in the same block as the 63-year-old woman, said she was very strong and healthy. "One day, she was in the hospital, and the next, she has passed on," said the factory worker, who is in her 60s and lives at Block 948, Jurong West Street 91.

MOH and NEA said 60 cases have been reported since April 3 in the largest dengue cluster so far this year at Jurong West Streets 91 and 92, where all three victims lived, with 32 cases reported in the last two weeks alone.

Mr Yee encourages residents to do blood tests for dengue at the 24-hour Acute Care Clinic, as some GPs may not be able to take blood tests.

Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever for two to seven days, severe headaches with pain behind the eye, joint and muscle pain, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, bleeding from the nose or gums, or easy bruising in the skin.

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