Dengue fever cases con­tinue to in­crease

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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