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Dengue fever cases top 12,000 in Taiwan

Dengue fever cases top 12,000 in Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) The number of dengue fever cases recorded since May has increased to 12,766, with 98.33 percent occurring in Tainan and Kaohsiung, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Sunday. Of the 12,766 cases recorded, 9,608, or 75.26 percent, have recovered from the mosquito-borne disease, according to the CDC. As of Saturday, 11,115 cases had been reported in Tainan, accounting for 87.07 percent of the total, an increase of 319 cases from the previous day, the CDC said. Kaohsiung has had 1,438 cases, accounting for 11.26 percent, an increase of 65 cases from a day earlier. Other cities and counties have had far fewer cases, with Pingtung reporting 49, Taichung 28, Taoyuan 25, New Taipei 22, Taipei 21, Chiayi County 11 and Hsinchu County 11. Other areas have reported only single digit cases, except outlying Lienchiang County (Matsu) which has had no reports of dengue fever. Forty-eight patients are in intensive care and 25 people have succumbed to the disease, the CDC said. The spike in dengue fever cases is unlikely to ease up until January, by which time the total number of cases could reach 30,000-37,000, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said on Thursday. The rate of increase could start to fall by the end of October, the CDC said. In 2014, Taiwan reported 15,732 dengue fever cases, the highest annual number since authorities began keeping records, while the number of cases in Kaohsiung reached nearly 15,000, with 20 fatalities. (By Lung Pei-ning, Lee Hsin-Yin and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-20 11:07 GMT+08:00