Taiwan, which has been reporting record numbers of dengue fever cases daily during recent days, continued this trend Friday when the Taiwan CDC saw another 617 cases, bringing the total to 8,677 dengue fever cases since May.
The southern cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung account for 98 percent of all cases, with 7,660 and 885, respectively.
The number of dengue deaths, confirmed and suspected, has risen to 44, with 18 laboratory confirmed.
The dengue outbreak in Vietnam has been called “alarming” as the health ministry now puts the tally at 29,000 dengue fever cases in 50 of the 63 provinces and cities nationwide in the first eight months of 2015. 18 people have died.
This has prompted Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to call on municipal and provincial authorities to launch public campaigns to eradicate mosquito and larva with chemical sprays, especially in construction sites and residential areas lacking clean water.
Zamboanga City, Philippines
Following reports of four chikungunya cases in the southern Philippines city of Zamboanga this week, The City Health Office has announced recording 16 fatalities for dengue hemorrhagic fever from January 1 to September 11 this year.
However, Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, said the number of fatalities as well as the registered cases of dengue this year is still way below compared to the cases recorded last year.
Agbulos said 180 dengue cases were registered for the month of August this year as compared to the over 300 cases registered during the same period last year.
The dengue fever outbreak in Malaysia topped 85,000 cases for the year on Friday with the addition of 343 cases. Two states have recorded more than 10,000 dengue cases–Selangor and Johor, with 46,536 and 10,130, respectively.
The death toll, which has not been update in two weeks, remains at 219.
The world’s 2nd largest city has seen a huge increase in dengue cases this year with 1,259, compared to several previous years. Now, Indian media report that the death toll in the city has increased to five, up from two previously reported.
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