Cases of dengue fever in Tainan rise to a new high
Tainan in Southern Taiwan reported 102 new dengue fever cases last week, a new high for the same period in nearly a decade, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
The CDC said that 124 cases were reported in Taiwan as a whole between July 28 and Aug. 3. Among them, 114 were indigenous cases, while 10 were imported, including six from the Philippines and one each from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.
Of the 114 indigenous cases, 102 were reported in Tainan, 10 in Kaohsiung and one each in Chiayi and Pingtung counties.
In view of the rapid growth in the number of new cases, indicating a spread of the mosquitoborne disease, the CDC has urged the public to get rid of standing water in their environments that serve as breeding grounds for the mosquitoes.
The number of dengue fever cases in Tainan since May had accumulated to 330 as of Aug. 3.