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Dengue fever cases up to 41,700 in Taiwan

Dengue fever cases up to 41,700 in Taiwan

A total of 103 new dengue fever cases in Taiwan were reported Saturday, bringing the total number of cases since May to 41,732 amid the nation's worst dengue fever outbreak, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.

Kaohsiung reported 94 new cases, which brought its total to 18,149, according to the statistics released by the CECC.

The neighboring Tainan saw 2 new cases, which has been the hardest hit area this year, with 22,719 cases as of Saturday, according to the CECC.

The mosquito-borne disease outbreak in the southern city of Kaohsiung has been showing signs of slowing down, but residents in the port city were warned of staying alert since the temperature is not cold enough to prevent the breeding of dengue-carrying mosquitoes, the CECC speaker Chou Jih-haw said on Saturday.

About 95 percent of the patients infected this year have recovered, but 195 people (112 in Tainan, 81 in Kaohsiung and two in Pingtung) have died of dengue fever since the start of summer, according to the latest statistics released on Dec. 8.

The current outbreak has been the worst in Taiwan's history, with the number of cases nationwide more than doubling the previous year's record of 15,732. In 2014, Kaohsiung was the outbreak's epicenter, reporting nearly 15,000 cases and 20 fatalities. (By Lung Pei-ning, Chen Wei-ting and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-27 20:27 GMT+08:00