By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taiwan has confirmed another eight deaths from hemorrhagic dengue fever,
bringing the total number of fatalities since May 1 to 158, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported Wednesday.
The confirmed deaths were in Kaohsiung, which recorded seven, and in Tainan, where there was one, the center said, adding that another 23 deaths are being examined to determine whether they were also caused by dengue fever.
The latest deaths involved five women and three men, aged between 62 and 96. Most of them were suffering from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure, and heart disease, and were therefore at higher risk, the center said.
As of Tuesday, Kaohsiung has seen 455 new cases of the mosquito-borne disease, an increase of 113 from last week, while the epidemic in Tainan continued to show signs of abating with 24 new cases. [FULL STORY]