New dengue cases drop in Tainan, surge in Kaoh­si­ung

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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