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Dengue fever outbreak shows signs of slowing down in Tainan

Dengue fever outbreak shows signs of slowing down in Tainan

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The rate of dengue fever infection has been slowing down steadily in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan, the worst-hit area this year, the Centers for Disease Control said Saturday. As of Friday, the number of dengue fever cases in Taiwan since the start of summer in May had reached 22,520, an overnight increase of 340, according to CDC data. Tainan alone reported an increase of 199 cases from the previous day, amid steady decline over the past week, the CDC said. In neighboring Kaohsiung City, however, infections have been increasing in a slightly faster speed. On Friday, Kaohsiung saw an increase of 134 new cases, 22 more than a week ago, the agency said. As of Friday, the two cities had reported 18,864 and 3,279 cases, respectively. Together they accounted for more than 98 percent of the national total. It also said 87.4 percent of the dengue patients throughout Taiwan have recovered from the disease, while 63 are currently being treated in intensive care units, and 89 have succumbed to the disease. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-27 15:26 GMT+08:00