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The Taiwan Department of Disease Control reported 556 new local cases of dengue fever in Taiwan last week (from August 15th to August 21st this year), which include–471 cases in Tainan City, 61 cases in Yunlin County, 17 cases in Kaohsiung City, and 17 cases in New Taipei City. , Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, Taichung City, Chiayi County, and Pingtung County each had 1 case.

As of August 21 this year, a total of 2,135 local cases have been reported, including 1,781 in Tainan City, 236 in Yunlin County, and 75 in Kaohsiung City. 21 cases in Pingtung County, 6 cases each in Chiayi County and Taichung City, 2 cases each in Hsinchu City and Nantou County, 1 case each in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County and Changhua County.

In addition, health officials recorded the second local dengue fever death case in this year. The individual was a woman in her 80s in Yunlin County who had chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure.

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.

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Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.

Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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