Taichung reports 12 new dengue fever cases: CDC

10/30/2018 09:21 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) Taichung in central Taiwan reported 12 new cases of indigenous dengue fever last week, bringing the total number in the municipality so far this year to 101, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Tuesday.

The patients are between the ages of 10 and 80, among whom seven were from the city's Taiping District, two in Beitun, with one each in Dali, Wufeng and Xitun, according to the CDC.

Five of the patients are currently being treated at local hospitals, while seven have since returned home, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

According to the disease center, the new incidences were not part of a cluster infection.

However, Chuang reminded the public to remain vigilant, especially residents in Taichung, as it has been the hardest-hit by the mosquito- borne disease this year.

As of Oct. 30, a total of 169 indigenous dengue fever cases had been reported in Taiwan this year, including the 101 in Taichung, 43 in New Taipei, 11 in Kaohsiung, eight in Changhua County, two each in Taipei and Chiayi County, and one each in Taoyuan and Tainan, according to CDC data.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)

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