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Dengue fever cases surpass 36,000 in Taiwan

Dengue fever cases surpass 36,000 in Taiwan

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) The number of dengue fever cases in Taiwan had surpassed 36,000 since the start of May, with 455 new cases recorded overnight, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) for Dengue Outbreak said Saturday.

As of the previous day, Kaohsiung alone had reported 419 new cases from the day before, 159 more than the same period of a week ago, indicating the outbreak continues to intensify in the port city in southern Taiwan. The dengue fever outbreak has shown signs of abating in neighboring Tainan, the country's worst-hit area this year, with 24 new cases reported from the previous day, 7 less than last week.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said the dengue fever outbreak remains at its peak in Kaohsiung, and added that the Environmental Protection Administration is implementing the fifth phase of a vector site cleaning program in the city's 37 districts to contain the spread of the disease.

Nationwide, the number of dengue fever patients has reached 36,199 since May, with Kaohsiung and Tainan accounting for 13,008 and 22,510 cases, respectively, and 239 cases have been reported in Pingtung County. The disease has so far taken 158 lives and is suspected to have caused another 32 deaths, while 92.6 percent of patients have recovered, according to the CDC data. (By Lung Pei-ning and Lee Mei-yu)

Updated : 2021-09-16 19:39 GMT+08:00