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Number of dengue fever cases tops 25,379 in Taiwan

2015/10/19 11:02:27

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Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwan reported another 248 cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections since the start of May to 25,379, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.

As of Sunday, Kaohsiung and Tainan, where the dengue fever outbreak is concentrated, had reported 125 and 119 new cases, respectively.

It appears that the dengue fever outbreak is intensifying in Kaohsiung and abating in Tainan, the CDC said, adding that the two southern Taiwan cities have accumulated 4,544 and 20,400 cases so far, respectively.

While 23,076 dengue patients have recovered nationwide, 43 are still being treated in intensive care units, CDC statistics show.

In addition, Tropical Storm Koppu could bring rain as it approaches Taiwan, which is favorable for vector breeding, the CDC warned the public to step up disease control efforts, including spraying and removing unused water containers.

Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. The symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)