Tai­wan re­ports first dengue fever death this sum­mer

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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