Just days after recording their first dengue hemorrhagic fever fatality of the year, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the second DHF death of 2014.
According to a Focus Taiwan report today, a 68-year-old man in Kaohsiung City died of hemorrhagic dengue fever Aug. 19.
The patient had been hospitalized since Aug. 14 after developing symptoms of fever, vomiting, and muscle pain. He was one of 11 hemorrhagic dengue fever cases confirmed in Taiwan so far this year, the CDC said.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.
People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from personto person. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page
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