By: Lilian Wu
Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The number of reported cases of bush typhus has been rising rapidly recently,
and one death has been recorded, the Centers for Disease Control said, warning against bites by mites that cause the illness.
The CDC said a female visitor had died after being bitten by mites on Orchid Island, becoming the first bush typhus fatality in Taiwan this year.
The woman developed chills and a fever at the end of April and sought treatment in early May but showed no signs of improvement, the CDC said. She received emergency treatment on May 7, but died two days later, it said.
As of June 5, the number of bush typhus cases in Taiwan had reached 117, with Taitung County reporting 27, Hualien County 24 and the offshore Penghu County 20, the highest numbers nationwide, the CDC said. [FULL STORY]