Gov't reports year's first death from dengue fever
CNATAIPEI -- Taiwan reported 13 cases of indigenous dengue fever last week, including the first death recorded this year, along with five confirmed new imported cases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The fatality was a 76-year-old female with hypertension in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, who began developing symptoms including a lack of appetite, dry mouth, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and joint and muscle pain on Oct. 6. She was confirmed as an indigenous dengue fever case and received medical attention, the CDC said.
The patient lost consciousness Thursday, Oct. 10 after falling to the floor several times and was sent to the hospital the following day. Three of the four members of her family living with her were also confirmed to have contracted dengue fever.
Pingtung County has reported an increasing number of indigenous dengue fever cases, and infections have spread to 18 different districts.