Taiwan reports first dengue fever death this summer
A 73- year- old man in Tainan, southern Taiwan, died of dengue fever with severe complications, the first death reported in the country so far this summer due to the mosquito- borne disease, health officials said Thursday.
The victim, who had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, died Aug. 10, three days after developing dengue symptoms, officials said.
Both his wife and son were also infected at around the same time, making three out of four confirmed cases in the neighbor- hood, said Lin Sheng- che, head of the Tainan City Department of Health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC), as of Aug. 11, there had been 775 indigenous dengue fever cases this year, the highest figure since 2010.
Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. The symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal.