A 76-year-old woman has died from dengue fever in Taiwan, the first such death on the island this year, disease control authorities said Tuesday.
The woman who lived in Pingtung City had a history of high blood pressure. She was confirmed to have contracted the fever on Oct. 6 and died on Oct. 11 after treatment failed, the authorities said.
As of Monday, 164 dengue fever cases have been reported in Taiwan this year.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects between 50 and 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever and muscle and joint aches.