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Dengue fever epidemic subsides in Tainan, but worsens in Kaohsiung

Dengue fever epidemic subsides in Tainan, but worsens in Kaohsiung

Dengue subsides in Tainan, Kaohsiung worsens

Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Sunday that the number of dengue fever contracts has reached 22,410 since the beginning of summer, while Tainan alone accounted for 17,278 cases.

Despite being the hardest hit by the mosquito-borne disease, the number of new infections in Tainan has shown day-to-day signs of slowing down with 274 cases on Saturday, according to the city’s health department.

The increase in the number of cases in Tainan has slowed for the tenth consecutive day, the CDC noted.

“However, dengue fever appears to be worsening in Kaohsiung, as the number of cases hit 2,636,” CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said.

The port city saw 73 new patients on Saturday, a rise over the same period last week.

Dengue fever has so far caused 56 deaths since May and another 55 fatal cases possibly related to the disease had yet to be verified, Chuang said, adding that 54 patients currently remain in intensive care island-wide, while 83.4 percent of those infected have made a fully recovery.