Taiwan reels as dengue fever hits 10k cases

Taiwan is battling the worst dengue fever outbreak in years, as authorities have announced that more than 10,000 cases have been reported so far this year.

A street scene in Kaohsiung.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Image by Connie Ma / CC BY-SA 2.0

More than 4000 cases were reported between 1 May and 1 August, making this the worst summer dengue outbreak in a decade. Most of the cases have been reported in southern Taiwan, near the cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, though a few cases have also been reported in Taipei. There have so far been 18 confirmed deaths due to the disease, which is a mosquito-borne that causes fever and severe muscle aches. Read more: nytimes.com

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