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Dengue outbreak slows in Tainan, intensifies in Kaohsiung

Dengue outbreak slows in Tainan, intensifies in Kaohsiung

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) The dengue fever outbreak has shown signs of abating in southern Taiwan's Tainan, the country's worst-hit area this year, while neighboring Kaohsiung has seen an increase in the daily number of new cases, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) for Dengue Outbreak said Thursday. As of the previous day, Tainan alone had reported 197 new cases from the day before, 90 fewer than the same period of a week ago. However, infections were on the rise in Kaohsiung, with 155 new cases reported from the previous day, 44 more than last week. Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said that his agency has so far provided 143 thermal foggers to the Tainan city government, which are used to spray insecticide around affected areas. Since the rise in Tainan has become more gradual, the agency will now provide 85 of the machines to Kaohsiung. Meanwhile, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???) said that dengue fever prevention will become a regular priority, and he asked the Ministry of Health and Welfare to outline a standard operating procedure for future early prevention. Since the beginning of this summer, there has been a cumulative total of 24,181 dengue fever cases nationwide, including 19,818 cases in Tainan and 3,951 cases in Kaohsiung. As of Wednesday, the mosquito-borne disease has taken 106 lives nationwide since then, with another 30 fatal cases possibly linked to dengue infection, according to the CECC. (By Dai Ya-cheng, Lung Pei-ning and Lee Mei-yu)


Updated : 2021-09-21 18:40 GMT+08:00