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|Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:01 am Post subject: Dengue Death In Hougang Ave 1!
A 20-year old Singaporean man has died of dengue, becoming the first fatality in the current epidemic.
The Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency say this death highlights the urgency for greater community vigilance to stamp out mosquito breeding spots.
Admitted into Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Sunday, Mr Ang Yong Han mentioned in his last facebook status that he hoped he would not have to go there again.
But three days later, he died.
The 20-year-old had initially gone to the hospital's emergency department on May 23rd.
He was diagnosed as having a viral fever.
As his condition was reported to be stable, he was discharged, and told to return if his symptoms worsened.
But Mr Ang's fever continued.
He had also been vomiting.
When he returned to the hospital on May 26th, he was admitted as a dengue case.
According to the Health Ministry, his condition took a turn for the worse.
Despite medical intervention, he died.
In a statement, Tan Tock Seng Hospital says Mr Ang's condition worsened despite the aggressive blood transfusion treatment, organ systems support, and close monitoring. He died from Dengue Shock Syndrome.
Family members of Mr Ang told reporters that his death was sudden, because he died just a few days after being admitted.
They say that his blood count platelets dropped to a dangerously low level in a matter of days.
Questions still remain on their minds as to how his illness was not detected earlier.
Those who knew Mr Ang said his future as an athlete was bright.
As a pool player, he had just joined the national training squad, said Aaron Koh, High Performance Executive at Cuesports Singapore.
"I think it's a great loss for the pool community because character-wise, he's a very nice guy, and of course, he had the potential to be one of the top players in Singapore."
NEA is conducting thorough vector control operations in the vicinity of Mr Ang's residence in Hougang, which is a dengue cluster.
Singapore is currently in the midst of a dengue fever outbreak.
So far, 8,001 people this year have come down with the viral infection that's spread by the Aedes mosquito.
-By Sara Grosse
First dengue fatality recorded.
The Singapore government is intensifying its measures against dengue as cases hit 8,195 as of Friday, 31 May.
In a release, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) have been notified of the death of a dengue patient who lived at Hougang Avenue 1. This is the first dengue death case this year and it highlights the urgency for greater community vigilance to stamp out possible mosquito breeding spots.
The patient was a 20-year-old Singaporean Chinese male who was seen at Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s (TTSH) emergency department (ED) on 23 May and diagnosed as having viral fever. His condition was reported to be stable and he was discharged with advice to return to the ED if his symptoms worsened. He was also asked to visit an outpatient clinic for follow up and a repeat blood test.
The patient subsequently returned to TTSH’s ED on 26 May and was admitted as a dengue case. During admission, his condition deteriorated despite medical interventions, and he passed away on 29 May.
NEA is conducting thorough vector control operations at the vicinity of the case’s residence (Hougang Avenue 1), which is a dengue cluster. Residents should cooperate fully with the NEA inspectors conducting ground operations.
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