A contractor fumigates a garden area to help prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes at a residential estate in Singapore August 23, 2007.Reuters
A 63-year-old woman died from dengue on Thursday, the third death caused by dengue in Singapore this year.
The victim hailed from Bedok North Street 3, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday.
The patient was admitted to Changi General Hospital on Wednesday but her worsened and she succumbed to death, officials said.
The area she lived in was not classified as one of the active dengue clusters but authorities said residents must exert caution.
"Residents are urged to cooperate fully and allow NEA officers to inspect their premises for mosquito breeding and to spray insecticide to kill any infective mosquitoes," NEA and MOH said, Channel News Asia reported.
Another Singaporean had died from dengue in February, raising fears that the dengue crisis was not subsiding. The 67-year-old victim lived at Toa Payoh Lorong 4 and was being treated at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
The NEA had given a grim view of the dengue scenario at the start of the year. "In view of the warmer-than-usual weather persisting, the number of dengue cases in 2016 is expected to be high, with cases spiking earlier than in previous years. There is an urgent need to keep the mosquito population under control," the agency had said.
Singapore Dengue crisis -- Everything to Know
According to Singapore's ministry of health, four serotypes of dengue virus (DENV1-4) are circulating in the world. Dengue fever is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). It is not a contagious disease. Dengue carrying mosquitoes thrive in clean, stagnant waters. Dengue Fever usually develops within 4 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Sudden onset of fever for 2 to 7 days Severe headache with retro-orbital (behind the eye) pain Joint and muscle pain Skin rashes Nausea and vomiting Bleeding from the nose or gums or easy bruising in the skin
First of all, there is no vaccine currently available to prevent dengue. And there is no specific treatment as such. Dengue treatment is basically supportive and does not usually require hospitalisation except in cases of rare emergency.
In severe cases, fluid treatment, electrolyte replacement or blood transfusions are done to save lives.
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MOH Hotline: 1800-225 4122
NEA Dengue Hotline: 1800-9-336483 (1800-X-Dengue) or 1800-333-7777