Dengue fever cases continue to increase
The number of dengue fever cases in Tainan, the municipality with the most serious outbreak of the disease since the start of summer in May, has reached 17,004, an increase of 365 over the previous day, the city’s health department said Saturday.
That compares with an increase of 428 cases the day before, the department said, adding that the latest number seems to indicate the outbreak had not gotten worse.
All but one of the city’s 37 districts have reported cases of the potentially deadly mosquito-born disease, it said.
Nationally, 477 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 19,889 as of Friday, according to the central epidemic command center under Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The increase in the number of cases in Tainan has slowed for the ninth noted.
As of Friday, dengue fever had caused 56 deaths since May and another 53 fatal cases possibly related to the disease had yet to be verified, said CDC Deputy DirectorGeneral Chuang Jen-hsiang.
Fifty-three people around the country remain in intensive care because of the disease while 82.8 percent of those infected have made a fully recovery, he added.