Volume 95, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



An unprecedented dengue outbreak involving more than 15,000 infections, including 136 dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases and 20 fatalities, occurred in Taiwan in 2014. The median age of the DHF cases was 71 years (range: 4–92 years) and most of them ( = 100, 73.5%) had comorbidities, of which the majority were hypertension (56%) and diabetes mellitus (DM; 27%). Only approximately half of the DHF cases (59/136) were classified as severe dengue, based on the 2009 WHO-revised dengue classification. The fatality rate for this DHF outbreak was 14.7%. DM (odds ratio [OR] = 3.60, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.22–10.63) and presentation with severe plasma leakage (OR = 6.42, 95% CI = 1.76–23.63) were independent risk factors for fatality.


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  • Received : 17 Dec 2015
  • Accepted : 11 May 2016
  • Published online : 03 Aug 2016

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