No. with dengue fever rises to 19,412 cases na­tion­ally

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The num­ber of dengue fever in­fec­tions re­ported in Tai­wan since the start of May has reached 19,412, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) said Fri­day.

The latest fig­ure rep­re­sents an in­crease of 533 cases from the pre­vi­ous day, the CDC said.

As of Thurs­day, 16,639 cases had been re­ported in the south­ern mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tainan and 2,451 in neigh­bor­ing Kaoh­si­ung, ac­cord­ing to CDC fig­ures.

In Tainan alone, the num­ber of in­fec­tions in­creased by 428 from the pre­vi­ous day.

Com­pared with the same time last week, how­ever, the num­ber of new cases in Tainan was 281 fewer, the CDC said.

CDC Deputy Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Chuang Jen-hsiang said there are signs that the dengue fever out­break in Tainan is slow­ing down.

For eight days in a row, the rate of in­crease in the num­ber of new dengue fever cases recorded in Tainan has been slow­ing, Chuang said.

He said the CDC will con­tinue to ob­serve the sit­u­a­tion for another two weeks to see if there is in­deed a slow­down.

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