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Dengue fever cases rise to record high in Taiwan

2015/09/25 11:15:19

Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since May has reached 16,074, exceeding the 15,492 cases recorded for the whole of last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.

The latest figure represents an increase of 792 cases from the previous day, the highest daily increase on record, the CDC said.

As of Thursday, 13,960 cases had been reported in the southern municipality of Tainan and 1,858 in neighboring Kaohsiung, according to CDC figures.

In Tainan alone, the number of infections increased by 709 from the previous day.

Since May 1, there have been 42 confirmed dengue deaths in Taiwan, the CDC said.

It said 12,362 patients have recovered from the mosquito-borne disease, while 51 are currently being treated in intensive care units.

(By Lung Pei-ning and Y.F. Low)
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