Taiwan records almost 4,000 dengue fever cases in 2015: CDC (Taiwan News)
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Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Taiwan has recorded 3,999 cases of dengue fever this summer, 90 percent of which were reported in the southern city of Tainan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.
Tainan also reported an increase of 273 cases over the previous day, a record daily figure, bringing the total number of cases to 3,507, according to the agency.
A total of 19 deaths in Taiwan suspected of having been caused by dengue fever had been reported as of Aug. 31, the CDC said.
The figure covers the period from May 1 to Aug. 31, the CDC said.
The CDC said it would confirm the exact death toll due to dengue fever since May 1 later in the day after reevaluation by a panel of experts, amid speculation by Tainan city councilors in late August that there were more people dying of the disease than reported.
The agency has completed a preliminary examination of 12 of 19 suspected cases, with 11 listed as “probable” and the other case ruled out as dengue fever, said CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang. (By Lung Pei-ning and Lee Hsin-Yin)