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Number of dengue fever cases set to break 2014 level: CDC

Number of dengue fever cases set to break 2014 level: CDC

Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since this May could break the 15,492 level recorded for the whole of last year on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday. As of the previous day, confirmed cases islandwide had climbed to 15,282, with 98.4 percent occurring in southern Taiwan's most populous municipalities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, the CDC said. While the country has been seeing daily case increases in the 600-800 range recently, it is likely that the figures for last year -- by far the highest annual number since official records began -- will be surpassed on Friday, it said. In addition, there is unlikely to be a drop in the number of cases in the near future, said CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???), who had said previously that the outbreak could ease up by the end of October. There could be a "plateau period" around the corner, he said, however, suggesting a relatively stable state in the scope of the outbreak -- a situation also seen last year. But Chuang also did not rule out the possibility that there could be further increases in the number of cases. The CDC had predicted earlier that the total number of dengue fever cases across Taiwan could hit 30,000-35,000 during the current outbreak, which might last into next January. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-04-21 10:21 GMT+08:00