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Taipei’s 598 rooftops are hotbeds for breeding dengue fever

Taipei’s 598 rooftops are hotbeds for breeding dengue fever

Taipei rooftops are hotbeds for breeding dengue

Taipei City Councilor Hsu Shu-hua criticized Mayor Ko Wen-je for leaving the rooftops of an estimated 598 empty apartment buildings in Taipei unattended, which are hotbeds for breeding dengue fever, reports said Monday.

The mayor responded during a committee hearing that the city government will pull together resources to clean out the areas needing attention within a week.

Hsu pointed out that there are currently 598 unoccupied buildings in the Taipei metropolitan area, of which 205 are located in the city’s Zhongzhen district, 91 in Daan district, and 62 in Wanhua respectively. Among them, the majority of apartments are public housings owned by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Veterans Affairs Council (VAC).

Although dengue fever in Taipei is far from becoming an epidemic, there should be no leniency when it comes to safeguarding public welfare, she said.

Even if neighboring residents volunteer to clean out stagnant water on these rooftops, they cannot trespass government property, making prevention efforts difficult, according to the Kuomintang councilor.

“This is why Ko must act now before it’s too late.”

As of Sunday, Tainan has recorded a total of 11,462 cases of dengue fever since the beginning of summer. Nationwide, 13,209 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne disease, data from Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed.

Kaohsiung, which has had the second-highest number of dengue fever infections across Taiwan this summer, has accumulated 1,527 cases, the CDC said.

Updated : 2022-05-21 16:51 GMT+08:00