Dengue still es­ca­lat­ing, ex­pected to peak soon

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The num­ber of dengue fever cases in Tai­wan has in­creased by 289 to 20,530 since the be­gin­ning of May, ac­cord­ing to the latest fig­ures re­leased by the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) Mon­day.

The cen­ter said that ef­forts to con­tain the dis­ease have paid off but noted that pre­vi­ous dengue fever out­breaks in the coun­try typ­i­cally be­gan to peak in Oc­to­ber.

The public should stay alert and dis­pose of any stand­ing wa­ter in their im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings to pre­vent mosquitoes from breed­ing, the CDC ad­vised.

In the two worst hit ar­eas, Tainan and Kaoh­si­ung, the num­ber of new cases re­ported Sun­day was 219 and 63, re­spec­tively, the CDC said.

Com­pared with re­spec­tive overnight in­creases of 244 and 58 a week ago, the num­bers in­di­cated a mod­er­a­tion of the out­break in Tainan and a slight uptick in neigh­bor­ing Kaoh­si­ung, said CDC Deputy Di­rec­tor Chuang Jen-hsiang.

As of Sun­day, the num­ber of dengue in­fec­tions in Tainan was 17,497, in Kaoh­si­ung 2,699, and in the south­ern­most county of Ping­tung 83, ac­cord­ing to the CDC.

Mean­while, another death pos­si­bly caused by the mos­quito borne dis­ease was re­ported Sun- day, which if con­firmed, would bring the to­tal num­ber of fa­tal cases since May 1 to 56, Chuang said. He said there are 56 other cases that have not yet been con­firmed as dengue deaths.

The CDC said there are 61 dengue fever pa­tients in in­ten­sive care, while 17,340 pa­tients, or 84.5 per­cent of the to­tal num­ber in­fected since May, have re­cov­ered.

CNA

A male wa­ter bug is float­ing in still wa­ter with eggs stuck to its back, in this photo pro­vided by the Taipei Zoo yesterday. Wa­ter bugs are to be­come the next choice of weapon against dengue fever for its ap­petite of mos­quito larva, and will be re­leased in wa­ters in­side the zoo grounds, stated zoo author­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to the zoo, fe­male wa­ter bugs lay their eggs on the back of a male wa­ter bug, where the eggs would re­main un­til they hatch.

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