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Reported dengue cases drop, first time in 14 weeks

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Central Epidemic Command Center for dengue fever yesterday said the number of cases reported last week has dropped for the first time in 14 weeks since the outbreak began in May this year.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said the number of confirmed dengue fever cases reported every week has continued to grow since May, but from Sunday last week to Saturday there were 2,920 cases, fewer than the 3,128 cases reported in the previous week.

There were still 260 suspected dengue fever cases reported in Tainan last week, but with a positive diagnosis rate of about 60 percent, if these cases were included in the reported cases last week the numbers would be the same as the week before, Chuang said.

Statistics released by the CDC yesterday showed an increase of 443 reported cases nationwide on Sunday, including 347 in Tainan, 89 in Kaohsiung and fewer in five other cities and counties, bringing the total number of reported cases to 13,209 since the beginning of the summer.

Chuang said figures from previous years showed that October and November were often the peak period for dengue fever cases, so the CDC is to continue to monitor changes in reported cases.

Any outbreak can only be considered stabilized if the number of newly reported cases drops for three consecutive weeks.

As of yesterday, three deaths suspected to have been caused by dengue fever were reported and 25 accumulated death cases were confirmed, while 38 cases are yet to have the cause of death confirmed, the CDC said.

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