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Dengue fever cases in Taiwan climb to nearly 40,000

Dengue fever cases in Taiwan climb to nearly 40,000

The number of dengue fever cases in Taiwan has risen to 39,898 since the start of May, with 247 new cases recorded Wednesday, according to data released by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) for Dengue Outbreak Thursday. On Wednesday, Kaohsiung alone had reported 234 new cases, bringing the total cases in the southern city to 16,449, the updated data on the dengue fever outbreak showed.

The figures indicated the outbreak remains at its peak in the port city, the CECC said.

In neighboring Tainan, the number of dengue fever cases had reached 22,667, with only six new cases reported on Wednesday, it said.

As the outbreak has shown signs of abating in Tainan, the country's worst-hit area this year, Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te announced a day earlier that the city's center to tackle dengue fever has stopped operations while the city's efforts to combat dengue fever returned to a normal level.

Noting the dengue fever outbreak remains at its peak in Kaohsiung, the CECC urged local residents to make sure to clean up potential vector breeding sites in the city to contain the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.

A total of 184 people (112 in Tainan, 70 in Kaohsiung and 2 in Pingtung) have died of dengue fever since May. Another 21 deaths are suspected of having been caused by the disease, but have yet to be confirmed. (By Chen Wei-ting, Chang Jung-hsiang and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-22 14:41 GMT+08:00