The number of locally acquired dengue fever cases in Taiwan have doubled in one week as the island country reported 343 new cases during the week ending August 10. The total locally acquired cases in Taiwan now stands at 775, and 673 since May.
Among the indigenous cases reported from Aug. 4 to 10, 313 were confirmed in Tainan City, 24 were confirmed in Kaohsiung City, 4 were confirmed in Pingtung County, 1 was confirmed in New Taipei City, and 1 was confirmed in Chiayi County.
The number of newly confirmed cases reported in Tainan City last week is 3.1 times more than that reported the week before last week and the number of newly confirmed cases reported in Kaohsiung City last week is 2.4 times more than that reported the week before last week.
Taiwan has also reported the first dengue-related fatality in a 73-year-old man in Tainan City.
Health officials warn that dengue fever activity may increase on the footsteps of heavy rains last weekend due to Typhoon Soudelor.
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.