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Dengue fever outbreak intensifies in Kaohsiung, abates in Tainan

Dengue fever outbreak intensifies in Kaohsiung, abates in Tainan

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) The number of cases of dengue fever in Taiwan increased by 257 overnight, with 25,131 recorded since May, according to the latest figures released by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Sunday. As of Saturday, Kaohsiung had reported 145 new cases and Tainan 109, the first time the number in Kaohsiung has outstripped that in Tainan since the start of the summer. Compared with overnight increases of 142 and 178 a week ago, the numbers indicate the outbreak is worsening in Kaohsiung and slowing down in neighboring Tainan, the CECC said. As of Saturday, the number of dengue fever infections in Tainan was 20,281 and in Kaohsiung 4,419, accounting for 98.28 percent of the total, according to statistics provided by the CECC. Other municipalities have recorded far fewer cases, with Pingtung reporting 101, New Taipei 58, Taipei 57, Taichung 54, Taoyuan 34 and Chiayi County 22, according to the statistics. Of the 25,131 cases so far recorded, 22,808 or 90.76 percent of patients have fully recovered from the mosquito-borne disease. Forty-three people around the country remain in intensive care with the disease, while 106 dengue fever fatalities have been confirmed and an additional 36 deaths await confirmation, the CECC added. In 2014, Taiwan reported 15,732 dengue fever cases, the highest annual number since the authorities began keeping records, while the number of cases in Kaohsiung reached nearly 15,000, with 20 fatalities. (By Chen Wei-ting and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-24 01:47 GMT+08:00