Dengue fever rises to 19,412 cases in Taiwan - Focus Taiwan

Dengue fever rises to 19,412 cases in Taiwan

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since the start of May has reached 19,412, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.

The latest figure represents an increase of 533 cases from the previous day, the CDC said.

As of Thursday, 16,639 cases had been reported in the southern municipality of Tainan and 2,451 in neighboring Kaohsiung, according to CDC figures.

In Tainan alone, the number of infections increased by 428 from the previous day.

Compared with the same time last week, however, the number of new cases in Tainan was 281 fewer, the CDC said.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said there are signs that the dengue fever outbreak in Tainan is slowing down.

For eight days in a row, the rate of increase in the number of new dengue fever cases recorded in Tainan has been slowing, Chuang said.

He said the CDC will continue to observe the situation for another two weeks to see if there is indeed a slowdown.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/pc

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