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Confirmed dengue fever fatalities rise to 174: CDC

Confirmed dengue fever fatalities rise to 174: CDC

The number of fatalities from dengue fever in Taiwan has risen to 174 since May this year, including 16 newly confirmed cases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported Tuesday.

All 16 of the new fatalities were from Kaohsiung, and they were aged between 35 and 88. The 35-year-old, a woman, is the youngest fatality to date this year. All of the deceased suffered from underlying chronic diseases such as tumors, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

All of the deaths from the mosquito-borne disease were reported in southern Taiwan, including 112 in Tainan, followed by 60 in Kaohsiung and two in Pingtung County.

Liu Ting-ping, director of the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Center, said that Kaohsiung reported 2,616 new dengue fever cases in the week Nov. 15-21, while neighboring Tainan reported 144 new cases.

The dengue fever outbreak in Kaohsiung has continued to spread, and the number of accumulated cases has surpassed that of the same time of last year. Liu said, urging the public to continue to eradicate standing water, which is the breeding ground of the mosquitoes.

Since this summer, the number of indigenous dengue fever cases has reached 37,224, with Tainan and Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan most seriously affected, accounting for 22,563 and 13,952 cases, respectively.

Pingtung also reported 251 cases, while other cities and counties in Taiwan have only reported sporadic cases.

Liu said the number of imported cases reached 304 this year, a new high, mainly from Southeast Asian countries.

Among these countries, dengue is relatively higher in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, and Liu urged Taiwanese travelling to these countries to be on their guard against mosquito bites.

Updated : 2021-09-28 03:25 GMT+08:00