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Number of dengue fever cases tops 26,660 in Taiwan

2015/10/23 16:15:52

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) Taiwan has reported another 307 cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections since the start of May to 26,660, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.

As of the previous day, Kaohsiung and Tainan, where the dengue fever outbreak is concentrated, reported 185 and 119 new daily cases, respectively.

The other three new cases comprised two in Pingtung County and one in Hualien County, the CDC said.

It appeared that the dengue fever outbreak was continuing to abate in Tainan, where 20,942 cases have been recorded so far.

In Kaohsiung, however, the outbreak could be on the rise, CDC data shows. The city has seen 5,257 cases this summer.

Dengue fever has claimed a total of 122 lives so far this year in Taiwan, the CDC said, adding that 24,521 patients have recovered from the disease.

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)