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Taiwan confirms 11 new deaths caused by dengue fever

Taiwan confirms 11 new deaths caused by dengue fever

Taiwan has confirmed 11 new deaths caused by hemorrhagic dengue fever, bringing the death toll up to 195 since the outbreak began in May, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported Tuesday.

Among them was a 29-year-old man with cerebral palsy, the youngest victim recorded so far this year.

Since the start of May, a total of 40,919 indigenous dengue fever cases have been reported as of Dec. 7, with 22,696 in Tainan and 17,397 in Kaohsiung.

On Monday alone, Taiwan reported 183 new cases, with the southern cities of Kaohsiung and Tainan, where the dengue fever outbreak has been concentrated since the summer, recording 167 and five new cases, respectively.

The confirmed deaths were recorded over the past week in Kaohsiung. They involved six men and five women aged between 29 and 84, the center said, adding that another 24 deaths are being examined to determine whether they were also caused by the disease.

Most of the deceased had been suffering from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure, and heart disease, and were therefore at higher risk, the CECC said.

The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever shows signs of abating in Kaohsiung, but the public should still stay vigilant as the weather is forecast to remain warm throughout Taiwan in the next few days, the CECC said. (By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)

Updated : 2021-09-25 04:01 GMT+08:00