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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Taiwan reports year's first dengue fever death

From Focus Taiwan News Channel :

" Taipei, Aug. 26 : The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Thursday the country's first reported case of dengue fever fatality for this year.

The victim, a 75-year-old woman from Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan, succumbed to the disease Wednesday after being diagnosed Aug. 20 and reported Aug. 24 to have developed a potentially fatal complication called dengue hemorrhagic fever, according to CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Chih-hao.

She was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit because of a sudden drop in blood pressure, where she died of myocardial infarction, pneumonia and multiple organ failure, according to Chou.

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, Chou said, adding that people suffering from chronic illnesses if infected with dengue fever are more likely to develop hemorrhagic fever, Chou added."

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