Number of dengue fever cases hits 18,879: CDC
The number of dengue fever infections reported in Taiwan since the start of summer in May has reached 18,879, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday.
That compared with a total of 15,492 cases recorded for the whole of last year.
The latest figure represents an increase of 514 cases from the previous day, the CDC said.
As of Wednesday, 16,211 cases had been reported in the southern municipality of Tainan and 2,356 in neighboring Kaohsiung, the two worst hit areas of the country, according to CDC figures.
In Tainan alone, the number of infections increased by 418 from the previous day, CDC official said.
As of the end of September, 56 people had died from the disease since May.
The CDC said the week after a typhoon is a crucial period for the prevention and control of the mosquito-borne disease, and it urged people to clean up the environment to prevent infestation by mosquito larvae.
Typhoon Dujuan swept through Taiwan Sept. 28- 29, dumping huge amounts of rain across the island.