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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

HEALTH

Tainan sees dengue fatality

A 73-year-old man in Tainan died of dengue fever, the first death reported in the nation this summer due to the mosquito-borne disease, health officials said yesterday. The man, who had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, died on Monday, three days after developing dengue symptoms, officials said. His wife and son were infected at about the same time, accounting for three out of four confirmed cases in the neighborhood, Tainan Department of Health Director Lin Sheng-che (林聖哲) said. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of Tuesday there had been 775 indigenous dengue fever cases this year, the highest figure since 2010. Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal.

AGRICULTURE

COA targets young farmers

The Council of Agriculture (COA) said it is planning to introduce 30,000 young workers into the agricultural sector over a 10-year period to deal with the problem of dwindling agricultural production and an aging population in the sector. The council said it is important to bring younger people into agriculture as way of dealing with issues such as declining production, aging agricultural workers and a lack of efficiency on small farms. As part of a project to create a better farming environment, the council said, it will seek to attract greater interest in agriculture to bring the young farmers into the sector. Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said the council should also plan to create specific markets for different agricultural products and devise strategies for the development of those sub-sectors.

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