Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Singapore reports fifth dengue death this year - Xinhua

SINGAPORE, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Singapore reported a death case from dengue fever on Tuesday, raising the dengue death toll in the city state this year to five.

The latest death involved a 52-year-old Chinese male, said a joint statement by the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency.

He was first seen at a local polyclinic on June 29 after 2-day fever. He returned to the polyclinic on July 4 as he was still having fever. He was then referred to National University Hospital emergency department and was admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit on the same day. He was diagnosed with Dengue Shock Syndrome.

The patient's condition improved transiently afterwards, although he remained critically ill with low blood counts.

On Aug. 11, his condition deteriorated after he developed pneumonia with septic shock. He passed away on Tuesday.

Singapore experienced a dengue epidemic, with the total number of dengue cases reported so far this year at 14,363. This is significantly higher than the previous peak, though with fewer number of severe cases.

After island-wide fighting for this epidemic, dengue cases these days have eased from the peak of 842 case per week. The total number from Aug. 4-10 was 258.

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