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Epidemic center calls for continued vigilance over dengue fever

Epidemic center calls for continued vigilance over dengue fever

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) People in Taiwan should continue to be on guard against dengue fever, even though the number of new cases has slackened off recently, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Thursday. The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since May had reached 21,761 Wednesday, an increase of 404 from the previous day, the center said. Of those cases, Tainan had reported 18,383, 287 more than the previous day, while Kaohsiung had reported 3,015, 111 more than the previous day, the center said. Both cities are in southern Taiwan, where the dengue fever outbreak is concentrated. The average increase of the disease in Tainan has continued to drop over the past week, but people should still maintain vigilance, as Taiwan is entering what is usually the peak season for dengue fever, the center said. It urged people to be on guard and to keep their environments clean with the approach of the three-day national holiday starting Friday. The center also said that the total number of fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease stood at 89, according to the latest tallies. It said that 18,885 patients, or 86.8 percent, have recovered from the disease, while 57 are currently being treated in intensive care units. (By Chen Wei-ting, Chang Jung-hsiang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 10:34 GMT+08:00