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Number of dengue fever cases nears 27,000 in Taiwan

Number of dengue fever cases nears 27,000 in Taiwan

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Taiwan has reported another 261 cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections since the start of May to 26,921, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday. As of Friday, Kaohsiung and Tainan, where the dengue fever outbreak is concentrated, reported 150 and 102 new daily cases, respectively. It appeared that the spread of dengue fever continued to slow in Tainan, where 21,044 cases have been recorded so far. In Kaohsiung, however, the outbreak could be on the rise, CDC data shows. The city has seen 5,407 cases since the summer. So far this year, dengue fever has claimed a total of 122 lives in Taiwan, the CDC said, adding that 24,860 patients have recovered from the disease, while 34 remained in intensive care units at hospitals. Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. The symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and skin rashes. In a small proportion of the cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 09:20 GMT+08:00