By: Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) The spread of dengue fever in Taiwan has started to show signs
of slowing down, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Sunday, but he warned that it could pick again due to the recent heavy rains in some parts of the country.
Five new confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever were reported over the past three days in Taiwan — three in Taichung and one each in New Taipei and Kaohsiung — bringing the total number this year to 117 as of Saturday, according to the CDC’s latest statistics on the mosquito-borne disease.
Of the 117 confirmed cases so far this year, 65 were reported in Taichung, 33 in New Taipei, seven in Kaohsiung, six in Changhua, two each in Taipei and Chiayi, and one each in Taoyuan and Tainan, according to the statistics, which were released Sunday.
Chuang said five new cases over a three-day period indicated a slowdown compared with five to 10 new cases per day in early September. [FULL STORY]