Want China Times
The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since this May could break the
15,492 level recorded for the whole of last year on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday.
As of the previous day, confirmed cases island wide had climbed to 15,282, with 98.4% occurring in southern Taiwan’s most populous municipalities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, the CDC said.
While the country has been seeing daily case increases in the 600-800 range recently, it is likely that the figures for last year–by far the highest annual number since official records began–will be surpassed on Friday, it said.
In addition, there is unlikely to be a drop in the number of cases in the near future, said CDC deputy director-general Chuang Jen-hsiang, who had said previously that the outbreak could ease up by the end of October.
There could be a “plateau period” around the corner, he said, however, suggesting a relatively stable state in the scope of the outbreak–a situation also seen last year. [FULL STORY]