Num­ber of dengue fever cases tops 18K, says CDC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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