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Over 10,000 people in Tainan hit by dengue fever outbreak

Over 10,000 people in Tainan hit by dengue fever outbreak

Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) The number of dengue fever cases in Tainan since the start of summer recorded a daily increase of 523, bringing the total to 10,157, a record high for the municipality in southern Taiwan, the city's department of health said Friday. Tainan is by far the worst-hit area of the country, with only two of the city's 37 districts remaining free of the mosquito-borne disease. As of Wednesday, the national total of dengue fever cases stood at 11,006, according to Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control said Thursday. So far 25 people have succumbed to the disease. Last year, Taiwan reported 15,732 dengue fever cases, the highest annual number since the authorities began keeping such records. Previous to that, the highest number of cases recorded in a single year was around 2,000, both in 2007 and 2010. (By Chang Rong-hsiang and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-22 23:33 GMT+08:00