Despite Taiwanese health officials saying they see the “end of the tunnel” with the dengue fever outbreak that has swept the country, particularly the south, the case count continues to climb by the hundreds daily.

With an additional 400-plus cases reported yesterday, the total case count is nipping at the 6,000 mark.

According to the Taiwan CDC, 5,948 total cases have been reported with 98 percent of cases reported from two cities–Tainan City (5,247) and Kaohsiung City (609).

CDC Director-General Steve Kuo said, “The centers will need to observe for one or two more weeks before it can be sure if the situation has turned around,” he said, adding that the trend appears to be showing signs of a turnaround.

If it turns out, however, that there is no turnaround, the centers will have to reconsider its strategy and take further action to deal with the situation, he said.

Liu Ching-chuan of National Cheng Kung University said that the number of fatalities confirmed or suspected to have been caused by dengue fever in Tainan had reached 29, and predicted that the number could climb further.

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Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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