Dengue outbreak eases in Taiwan

January 5, 2016 6:32 am 

TAIPEI, Jan. 4 — New cases of dengue fever recorded daily in Taiwan has remained below 100 in the past two weeks, with 23 new cases reported on Saturday, announced the island's disease control agency Sunday.

Most cases were found in Kaohsiung and Tainan, major cities in south Taiwan, since the outbreak in May. On Saturday, Kaohsiung reported 22 new cases, while Tainan only one.

The number of new cases in Kaohsiung has continued to drop over the past five weeks, said the agency in a press release earlier.

The total number of dengue fever cases reached 43,259 as of Saturday. According to a weekly update on Tuesday, the death toll of dengue fever stood at 212 across the island.

Although the situation has been notably eased, the agency warned the public to stay alert and prevent relapse.

The outbreak has been the worst in years, though the island is often hit by the disease. Last year, the island confirmed 15,732 such cases with 28 deaths and before that, the annual cases stood around 2,000.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that mainly affects people in tropical and subtropical regions, causing fever, nausea and muscle and joint aches. (PNA/Xinhua)

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