Number of dengue fever cases tops 18K, says CDC
The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since May when the dengue fever started has reached 18,365, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.
The latest figure represents an increase of 406 cases from the previous day, the CDC said.
As of Tuesday, 15,793 cases had been reported in the southern municipality of Tainan and 2,266 in neighboring Kaohsiung, according to CDC figures.
In Tainan alone, the number of infections increased by 297 from the previous day, a slightly lower number than the daily increases seen in the previous few days.
In addition, the CDC confirmed that another 14 people had died from the mosquito-borne disease last week, bringing total fatalities to 56.
Most of the deceased, ranging from 37 to 96 years of age, suffered from chronicle diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure, it said.
The CDC said the week after a typhoon is a crucial period for the prevention and control of dengue fever, and it urged people to clean up the environment to prevent infestation by mosquito larvae.