Elderly Pingtung City woman is Taiwan’s first dengue fatality
With the recent surge of indigenous dengue fever cases in Taiwan’s Pintung County, health offcials report the island country’s first dengue-related fatality, according to a Taiwan CDC news release today.
According to health officials, the death was confirmed last week in a 76-year-old female who resided in Changchun Village, Pingtung City and had a history of high blood pressure.
On October 6, she sought medical attention after she developed symptoms, including loss of appetite, dry mouth and tongue, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle ache and joint pain and was diagnosed with dengue fever. On October 10, she fell several times and became unconscious. On October 11, after she was rushed to the emergency department for medical attention, she still passed away.
As of October 14, 2013, a cumulative total of 164 indigenous dengue cases have been confirmed this dengue season, including the 13 cases reported last week out of Pingtung County.
Among the indigenous dengue cases, 152 cases have been confirmed in Pingtung County (69 cases in Pingtung City, 36 cases in Chunri Township, 28 cases in Chaozhou Township, 11 cases in Xinyuan Township, 4 cases in Xinpi Township, 1 case in Neipu Township, 1 case in Zhutian Township, 1 case in Wanluan Township, and 1 case in Linluo Township), 7 cases have been confirmed in Taipei City, 4 cases have been confirmed in Kaohsiung City, and 1 case has been confirmed in New Taipei City.
Pingtung County has reported an increasing number of indigenous dengue fever cases and the infections have spread to 18 districts.
The Taiwan CDC urges the public to take precautions against mosquitoes and periodically empty water-filled containers and clean up vector-breeding sites. Public is also urged to seek immediate medical attention when suspected symptoms develop. On the other hand, the physicians are advised to be vigilant for and notify any suspected cases to the health authority immediately to prevent further spread of the disease.
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