First death attributed to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) R.O.C. announced the first death in Taiwan from Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. The patient was a 76 year old woman living in the Lingya District of Kaohsiung. To date, there have been 878 confirmed cases of Dengue Fever.

The CDC pointed out, 149 domestic cases of Dengue Fever were confirmed in the week prior to last and infection set another record last week at 174 new confirmed cases including two cases of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. Kaohsiung was the epicenter of 171 of these new cases. Currently, infections are on the rise.

The CDC stated, of the two cases of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever appearing last week, one 76 year old female patient with a history of chronic ailments living in the Lingya District of Kaohsiung has died while the other, a 34 year old man living in the Siaogang District, has recovered and been released from the hospital.

To date there have been 878 cases of Dengue Fever including 120 cases from abroad and 758 local cases. Overseas infection vectors include 45 from Indonesia, 39 from Malaysia, 16 from the Philippines, 7 from Singapore, and 4 from Thailand.

The CDC remarked, Dengue Fever infections are continuing to surface in Kaohsiung. Citizens with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure are a high risk demographic for Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever and are reminded to be especially careful. The public should take appropriate preventative measures such as removing mosquito breeding grounds and physicians are requested to be on high alert.