Singapore dengue crisis
A contractor fumigates a garden area to help prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes at a residential estate in Singapore. Reuters

The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) has said a 72-year-old woman, who was admitted to Changi General Hospital, has become the latest victim of dengue infection.  

She was admitted to the hospital on June 22, but her condition deteriorated and she died on June 25.

This year, this was the sixth reported dengue death in Singapore. In 2015, four people died of this disease.

Both MOH and NEA said in a statement that they have detected the woman's residence at Simei Street 1 as an active two-case dengue cluster on June 25.

NEA inspected the premises and destroyed one mosquito breeding spot. The cluster is not active any more.

"We are anticipating an upward trend in the number of dengue cases in the coming months," the statement by MOH and NEA added.

The ministry and the agency have urged the public to be careful and to work as a community in order to prevent the rise in dengue cases, since this is the peak dengue season. They also said that they will organise routine checks and destroy any potential breeding habitats.