New dengue cases drop in Tainan, surge in Kaohsiung
The number of new dengue fever cases has dropped in Tainan but is on the rise in Kaohsiung, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
On Monday, a total of 422 reports of locally acquired dengue fever were reported nationwide, of which 322 were detected in Tainan and 107 in Kaohsiung, according to the CDC. Compared with the previous week, Tainan recorded 119 fewer new cases, indicating a moderation of the outbreak in Taiwan’s worst- hit city, while neighboring Kaohsiung has seen an uptick of 23 cases.
Since the beginning of this summer, a cumulative total of 20,972 indigenous dengue cases, including 17,819 cases in Tainan, 2,806 cases in Kaohsiung, 84 in the southernmost county of Pingtung, and imported dengue cases in other cities and counties, have been confirmed.
Liu Ting-ping, director of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center, said that 3,010 cases nationwide had been reported between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3, with 2,319 from Tainan, a decrease of 30 percent from the previous week. It was the first time the city had recorded a weekly decline in new cases since July.
The CDC said the dengue fever outbreak in Tainan has slowly been brought under control, but still advised the republic to stay alert, since previous dengue fever peaks in Taiwan have typically started in October.
Meanwhile, the number of imported dengue fever cases nationwide had reached 246 for this year as of Tuesday, the second-highest number for the same period for nearly five years, said the CDC.
The number is only a slightly lower than the figure for 2010, when the country reported 248 imported dengue fever cases.
Seven new deaths possibly linked to dengue infection were reported Monday, which if confirmed, would bring the total number of fatal cases since May 1 to 63, said the CDC. There remain 59 dengue fever patients in intensive care.