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Dengue fever cases on the rise in southern Taiwan

Dengue fever cases on the rise in southern Taiwan

Dengue fever cases rise in southern Taiwan

As dengue fever in southern Taiwan continues to spread, the Executive Yuan has called on the public to keep their living quarters clean, and empty stagnant water from trash cans, old tires, or containers to help eradicate mosquitoes that carry the virus, reports said Wednesday.

Cabinet spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun has asked the central and local governments to help support communities in eradicating the epidemic.

Last week, health authorities have seen more than 100 new locally acquired dengue fever cases, bringing the island’s total to 432 cases since the beginning of the year and 330 indigenous dengue cases since May.

Of the 124 total dengue cases reported during the week of July 28 and August 3, 114 of the cases were autochthonous, or locally acquired.

Tainan City accounted for nine out of 10 of the cases in that period with 102 local transmission cases, while 10 were confirmed in Kaohsiung City, and 1 each was confirmed in Chiayi County and Pingtung County.

Since May, Tainan has reported 251 indigenous dengue cases. The number of newly confirmed cases reported last week is 1.3 times higher than two weeks ago, reaching a new record over the last decade.

According to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (TCDC), the dominant strain of dengue depends on locality. Currently, DEN-2 is the dominant strain circulating in Tainan, while DEN-1 is the dominant strain circulating in Kaohsiung.

The public is once again urged to reinforce the removing of vector-breeding sites in and around their residences to ward off infection and ensure their own health and the health of others, reports said.