Date: September 18, 2015
By: Robert Herriman
Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch
Welfare Tainan Hospital, Tainan Municipal Hospital, Tainan Municipal An-Nan Hospital,
and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital Tainan Branch have been designated as Dengue Treatment Centers would be in charge of treating certain dengue cases (Group B), the Taiwan CDC said Friday.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) for Dengue Outbreak implemented the World Health Organization’s classification for dengue cases to classify patients into Group A, B and C to deal with the surge of patients in some hospitals.
A Group B classification dengue case are patients who should be referred for in-hospital management.
According to the WHO:
Patients may need to be admitted to a secondary health care center for close observation, particularly as they approach the critical phase. These include patients with warning signs, those with co-existing conditions that may make dengue or its management more complicated (such as pregnancy, infancy, old age, obesity, diabetes mellitus, renal failure, chronic hemolytic diseases), and those with certain social circumstances (such as living alone, or living far from a health facility without reliable means of transport).
In addition, six medical centers and medical officers from the Taiwan CDC will form a medical care advisory committee to advise the hospitals in Tainan City about the appropriate administration of health and medical care services in order to classify, diagnose and treat patients accordingly.
On Thursday, 617 additional dengue cases were reported bringing the country total to 11,623 indigenous cases.
The southern city of Tainan has eclipsed the 10,000 mark in dengue cases (10,127).
To date, a cumulative total of 25 deaths were found to be linked with dengue infection. 30 deaths, including 27 from Tainan City, 2 from Kaohsiung City, and 1 from Pingtung County, are still waiting to be reviewed.