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Taiwan's dengue fever efforts shared with APEC members

Taiwan's dengue fever efforts shared with APEC members

Nineteen representatives from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum visited southern Taiwan Friday to learn how to contain a dengue fever epidemic.
At a mosquito laboratory in Kaohsiung County, the representatives were shown how to capture mosquitoes and how to operate a pesticide-spraying machine to kill them.
The representatives also saw a demonstration of how to properly prepare pesticide.
According to Kaohsiung Deputy Magistrate Yeh Nan-ming, the southern county reported more than 1,900 cases of indigenous dengue fever in 2002 and the county government collaborated with the Cabinet-level Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Administration to effectively curb the epidemic.
Noting that government manpower was limited, Yeh said the county government also mobilized the county's 227 communities to help fight dengue fever.
The county government later developed the communities into a mechanism that Yeh said played an important role in stemming other diseases such as enterovirus.
This experience attracted the attention of other city and county governments in Taiwan, also an APEC member, as well as that of other countries, Yeh went on.


Updated : 2020-12-01 19:50 GMT+08:00