Sunday, June 9, 2013

2013 Dengue outbrake in Singapore

Dengue fever outbreak of 2013 in Singapore claimed a second life. A 60-year-old Singaporean Chinese man hwho lived in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 has passed away on 9 June 2013. Here is the joint joint statement by the Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency:

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) have been notified of the death of a dengue patient who lived at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. This is the second dengue death case this year.

The patient was a 60-year-old Singaporean Chinese male. He went to Tan Tock Seng (TTSH) emergency department (ED) on 5 June 2013 with fever, shortness of breath, vomiting and rash on his left leg. He was diagnosed with skin inflammation of the left leg and prescribed with antibiotics. He was also given an appointment to return to the polyclinic for a repeat blood test. 

The patient returned to TTSH ED on 7 June 2013 with difficulty in standing due to weakness in his left leg, as well as continuing fever and loss of appetite. He was admitted to the general ward and tested positive for dengue on 8 June 2013. Subsequently, his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit on 8 June 2013. The patient passed away on 9 June 2013. 

 NEA has stepped up its vector control operations to destroy any potential breeding sites at the vicinity of the case’s residence (Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3). Residents should cooperate fully with the NEA inspectors conducting ground operations. Although it is a non-cluster area, residents should remain vigilant and protect themselves with repellent and clear any stagnant water in their homes and vicinity. 

MOH and NEA wish to express our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased patient. We strongly encourage all Singaporeans to take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito breeding by doing the Mozzie Wipeout weekly. More details on this can be found at Everyone needs to play their part and be socially responsible to stop the chain of transmission in the community. Persons who suspect they may have dengue should consult their doctors as early as possible and use mosquito repellents in order to reduce the risk of spreading the infection further.

Source : Second Dengue Death Case In Singapore

Back in In the 2005 a dengue outbreak in Singapore has become country's worst health crisis since the 2003 SARS epidemic and 13,984 dengue cases were reported with 19 deaths.In October 2005, there were signs that the dengue fever outbreak had peaked, as the number of weekly cases had declined and the outbreak of this infectious disease declined by the end of 2005.

Symptoms of Dengue fever
Symptoms of Dengue fever - Source : Wikipedia
The dengue fever outbreak is not a problem unique to Singapore. By early 2013, Brazil was hit by dengue outbreak where in the first seven weeks of 2013 the number of cases reached 204,640 and there have been 33 dengue-related deaths in Brazil in the same period. The government of Paraguay declared a 60-day state of emergency on March 1 due to a rapid increase of dengue fever cases where there were 14,654 and 10 deaths as of March 1. In just 22 days, the situation gone worse and 35 people have died in Paraguay after contracting dengue fever, as almost 70,000 has been infected. As of March 2013:

In Peru, nearly 400 cases have been reported so far this year; two of them were fatal. Brazil has reported 53,146 dengue fever cases this year, with 300,000 cases in 2006. Mexico reported 22,810 dengue cases in 2006, an increase from 17,487 in 2005. Argentina reported 13 cases of dengue fever in the Formosa province, located north of Buenos Aires, which borders Paraguay. There were 397 suspected cases in Bolivia as of Feb. 7, up from 270 cases reported on Feb. 2. The majority of the cases were reported in Santa Cruz and Montero. Panama reported two fatalities due to hemorrhagic dengue fever in December 2006.

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