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In a follow-up on the outbreak of locally transmitted dengue fever in Taiwan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today an additional 101 new local cases were reported the week of June 27 to July 3, 2023.

The majority of new cases were reported from Tainan City (92 cases), followed by Yunlin County (6 cases) and Kaohsiung City (3 cases).

According to the CDC, most of the new cases in Tainan City are related to the current epidemic cluster area (the junction of Rende District and East District in Tainan City), but there are some cases in East District, Annan District, North District and South District that need to be clarified. In addition, the three new cases in Kaohsiung City all have a history of activities in the cluster area of ​​Tainan City, indicating that the epidemic situation in Tainan City continues to heat up. Dengue virus type 1 was detected in a cluster of cases in Gukeng Township, Yunlin County, but the results of virus gene sequencing were different from those in Tainan City. Judging from the date of onset, place of activity and environment of the cases, the risk of infection in the local area was high.

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In 2023 to date, Taiwan has reported a total of 173 local dengue cases — 163 cases in Tainan City, 6 cases in Yunlin County and 4 cases in Kaohsiung City.

At present, a total of 4 severe cases have been hospitalized, the first time in three years in Taiwan.

In addition, another 53 imported cases were reported from Indonesia (15 cases), Malaysia (12 cases), Thailand (8 cases), Vietnam (7 cases), Maldives (4 cases), Philippines (4 cases) ), India (2 cases) and Laos (1 case).

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