Num­ber of dengue fever cases hits 18,879: CDC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The num­ber of dengue fever in­fec­tions re­ported in Tai­wan since the start of sum­mer in May has reached 18,879, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) said Thurs­day.

That com­pared with a to­tal of 15,492 cases recorded for the whole of last year.

The latest fig­ure rep­re­sents an in­crease of 514 cases from the pre­vi­ous day, the CDC said.

As of Wed­nes­day, 16,211 cases had been re­ported in the south­ern mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tainan and 2,356 in neigh­bor­ing Kaoh­si­ung, the two worst hit ar­eas of the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to CDC fig­ures.

In Tainan alone, the num­ber of in­fec­tions in­creased by 418 from the pre­vi­ous day, CDC of­fi­cial said.

As of the end of Septem­ber, 56 peo­ple had died from the dis­ease since May.

The CDC said the week af­ter a typhoon is a cru­cial pe­riod for the preven­tion and con­trol of the mos­quito-borne dis­ease, and it urged peo­ple to clean up the en­vi­ron­ment to pre­vent in­fes­ta­tion by mos­quito lar­vae.

Typhoon Du­juan swept through Tai­wan Sept. 28- 29, dump­ing huge amounts of rain across the is­land.

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