Dengue fever outbreak still rising in Kaohsiung with 287 new cases

11/16/2015 12:54 PM

Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) The dengue fever outbreak remains at its peak in Kaohsiung, a port city in southern Taiwan, with 287 new cases reported there Sunday, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

There were 77 more new cases recorded on Sunday than on the same day last week, bringing the total number of dengue fever cases in Kaohsiung since May 1 to 10,966, according to the CECC.

In Tainan -- the most seriously affected area in Taiwan this year -- 23 new cases were reported on Sunday, equal to the number of new cases reported a week ago. That brings the total number of cases in Tainan to 22,387, according to the statistics.

There were a total of 316 new cases reported nationwide on Sunday, bringing the total number of indigenous dengue cases in Taiwan to 33,984 since the summer, the CECC said.

One person presumably died of the mosquito-borne disease Sunday, bringing the number of suspected deaths to 33. Meanwhile, the confirmed death toll has so far reached 150 since May 1, with 111 deaths occurring in Tainan, 37 in Kaohsiung and 2 in Pingtung.

There are 36 patients infected with dengue fever still being treated at intensive wards, but with 31,572 patients having recovered from the disease this year, the recovery rate stands at 92.9 percent, the CECC said.

In 2014, Taiwan reported 15,732 dengue fever cases, the highest annual number since the authorities began keeping such records. Previous to that, the highest number of cases recorded in a single year was around 2,000, both in 2007 and 2010.

(By Chen Ting-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)ENDITEM/ke

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