TAIPEI — The number of fatalities attributed to dengue fever infection has increased to 204 since May this year, according to results released Tuesday by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) regarding its latest review of suspected dengue deaths.
Most of the deaths were reported from Tainan, at 112, while 90 cases were reported from Kaohsiung and two from Pingtung, the CECC said. These places are all situated in Southern Taiwan.
In the past week, the CECC confirmed that nine out of 17 suspected dengue fatalities were caused by dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease.
The new victims — five males and four females — were aged between 55 and 82, and most of them suffered from chronic underlying diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke, the center said.
A total of 136 new cases were confirmed Monday, bringing the total number of dengue fever infections countrywide to 41,947 since this summer, according statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control Tuesday.
In Tainan, the worst-hit area, three new cases were recorded Monday, taking the total number of cases to 22,724. In neighboring Kaohsiung, however, it added 128 new cases to its scoreboard that same day, bringing the total case number to 18,352, according to the tallies.