Dengue fever cases drop for third consecutive week
Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on Tuesday that 1,533 new domestic cases of dengue fever had been recorded between Oct. 24-30, representing a decline for the third consecutive week.
Tainan City in southern Taiwan accounted for the vast majority of the cases, recording 1,233, followed by Kaohsiung with 184, Yunlin with 45, Pingtung with 36, Chiayi with 13, and nine other counties and cities that recorded case numbers in the single digits, the CDC said in a regular press briefing.
Lee Chia-lin (李佳琳), deputy director of the Central Epidemic Command Center, said nine severe cases and seven deaths were recorded within the same time period.
According to CDC physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青), the patients who died ranged in age from their 60s to their 90s. Six were in Tainan and one in Kaohsiung, and all of them suffered from chronic diseases and died of septic shock and multiple organ failure.
Regarding the nine severe cases, Lin said all patients suffer from chronic diseases, and their symptoms include severe bleeding, heart or liver failure, and respiratory distress.
Meanwhile, the CDC said they expected the number of dengue fever cases to continue to decline, with the total number expected to not surpass 40,000 this year.
As of Oct. 30, Taiwan had recorded 20,363 domestic cases, 17,962 of which were in Tainan and 1,208 in Kaohsiung.
In 2015, 43,000 cases were recorded which marked the country's worst outbreak to date.
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