Weekly toll of dengue fever cases hits 11-year high
Central News Agency
2014-08-26 11:15 PM
Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) The number of indigenous dengue fever cases increased by 226 in the past week, the highest single-week record since 2003, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Among the new confirmed cases, 96 were male and 130 were female. Two of the patients, both living in Kaohsiung, were affected with the more serious hemorrhagic form of the mosquito-borne disease, said Kuo Hung-wei, a division chief at the CDC. This year, the number of cases of hemorrhagic dengue fever has reached 13, including two fatalities. Meanwhile, there were nine new imported cases of dengue fever infection over the past week, the data shows. This year as of Aug. 25, Taiwan had reported 1,113 dengue fever cases, 984 of which were indigenous. Of these, 970 indigenous cases were recorded after May. Kaohsiung reported 946, while 11 were reported in Pingtung County, with six in Tainan, three in Penghu County, three in New Taipei and one in Chiayi City, according to the CDC data. The sources of the imported cases include Indonesia (49 cases), Malaysia (39), the Philippines (20), Singapore (7), Thailand (4), Nauru (2), Myanmar (2), Cambodia (1), French Polynesia (1), Saudi Arabia (1), India (1), China (1) and Tuvalu (1). Preventive measures such as draining water containers, cleaning up vector breeding sites close to residential areas and taking precautions against mosquito bites should be observed, the CDC said. (By Lung Pei-ning and Elizabeth Hsu)
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