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Dengue fever cases hit record daily high of 719

COMPLICATIONS:Centers for Disease Control official Chuang Jen-hsiang said 13 of the 17 new deaths involved patients who had a medical history of chronic disease

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The number of reported dengue fever cases on Tuesday reached 719 — the highest daily number since May, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

Among the cases, 600 were reported in Tainan and 106 in Kaohsiung — the highest daily record for Kaohsiung this year, while six were reported in Pingtung County, four in New Taipei City, and one each in Taichung, Hsinchu County and Yunlin County.

The total number of reported dengue fever cases nationwide since May has reached 14,590, with 52 patients being treated in intensive care units.

At a meeting of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday morning, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) questioned whether the CDC is too slow confirming cases of death caused by dengue fever, as its data in the morning showed 25 confirmed cases, with 48 yet to be examined.

CDC Director-General Steve Kuo (郭旭崧) said that the reason is because international confirmation standards have been changed this year, so more than one examination was conducted on each patient, but he added that the CDC would endeavor to improve its speed.

Kuo said that the outbreak of dengue fever is at its peak.

In the afternoon, the Central Epidemic Command Center said 17 new cases of death caused by dengue fever have been confirmed, taking the total number since May to 42.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said 13 among the 17 confirmed cases had a medical history of high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cancer or other chronic diseases listed in WHO guidelines as high-risk factors for contracting dengue fever.

The command center said doctors must be on high alert and report possible cases of dengue fever when patients show symptoms, such as a fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint or bone pain, skin rashes, a decrease in white blood cells, vomiting, nausea or producing a positive tourniquet test.

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