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Dengue fever cases near 15,000 level in Taiwan

Dengue fever cases near 15,000 level in Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The number of dengue fever cases recorded in Taiwan since May has increased to 14,590, with 98.4 percent occurring in the Tainan and Kaohsiung areas in southern Taiwan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Wednesday. The nationwide figure represents an increase of 719 cases from the previous day, the CDC said. As of Tuesday, 12,666 cases had been reported in Tainan, an increase of 600 cases from the previous day, and 1,685 cases had been reported in Kaohsiung, up 106 from a day earlier, the CDC said. Forty-eight dengue fever patients are currently in intensive care and 25 people have succumbed to the disease, the CDC said. The dengue fever outbreak is unlikely to ease up until January, by which time the total number of cases could range between 30,000 and 37,000, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said on Sept. 17. The rate of increase in the number of cases, however, could start to fall by the end of October, the CDC said. The number of dengue fever cases reported in Taiwan to date has nearly matched the 15,732 cases reported all of last year, when the highest number of cases were registered since authorities in the country began keeping records. Last year's outbreak was concentrated in Kaohsiung, where nearly 15,000 cases were reported, and 20 people died from the disease.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-05-06 10:09 GMT+08:00