By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The number of dengue fever contracts since the beginning of summer
reached 22,847 as of Saturday, an increase of 327 new cases nationwide, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed Sunday.
Although the epidemic in Tainan has shown signs of slowing down over the last two weeks, the CDC said it nevertheless expects the number to exceed 20,000 by Monday from the current 19,042 reported cases since May.
“The disease is subsiding in Tainan, as new daily cases have fallen between the 100 to 200 range from its previous 300 mark,” CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said.
However, the mosquito-borne disease appears to have worsened in the port city of Kaohsiung, with 142 new cases to a standing total of 3,421 as of Saturday, according to the health bureau. [FULL STORY]