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Dengue fever continues to rage Tainan, soars past 3,000 cases

Dengue fever continues to rage Tainan, soars past 3,000 cases

Taipei, Aug.31 (CNA) The number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Tainan, southern Taiwan, has escalated to over 3,000 in the past four months, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control said Monday. It said Tainan now accounts for 3,003 of the 3,446 dengue infections reported nationwide since May 1. In a 24-hour period over the past weekend, the number of cases in Tainan jumped by 131, the CDC said, noting that the four dengue deaths in Taiwan this year have all been in the southern city. In the neighboring city of Kaohsiung, the number of dengue cases as of Monday were 381, the second highest nationwide, followed by the southernmost county of Pingtung with 17 cases, the CDC reported. In northern Taiwan, 11 dengue fever infections have been reported in New Taipei and one in Taipei. The risk of death from dengue fever can be reduced to less than 1 percent if the infection is diagnosed and treated early, the CDC said. Symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease include fever, headache, pain in the eye socket, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash, the CDC said. It urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they develop such symptoms. (By Lung Pei-ning and Chen Pei-yu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 08:08 GMT+08:00