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Dengue fever cases continue to soar despite cooler weather

Dengue fever cases continue to soar despite cooler weather

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Dengue fever cases have continued increasing rapidly despite cooler weather over the past days and weeks, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics released Wednesday. Taiwan saw 806 indigenous cases and seven imported cases between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, with the southern city of Kaohsiung alone accounting for 781 of the indigenous cases, the CDC said. The municipality reported three hemorrhagic dengue fever cases, bringing the total cases in that category to 41 so far this year. As of Oct. 6, 4,044 dengue infections had been reported this year, more than 10 times the 393 cases reported over the same period in 2013. The CDC said it fears the country could see more than 5,000 cases in 2014, which would make this year's outbreak the most serious since 2002. Officials reminded the public to keep their homes free of still water and to take efforts to avoid mosquito bites. Since hikers enjoying the upcoming National Day weekend could be easily exposed to the tropical disease, health officials urged attention to personal hygiene and said any suspect symptoms should be reported to a doctor immediately. Spread by mosquitos, dengue fever symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)