The dengue fever outbreaks in south China and Taiwan are seeing record numbers in 2014. On Wednesday alone, local authorities in Guangdong Province reported 1,189 new dengue fever cases, bringing the total in the outbreak to 16,375, including four deaths: three in the provincial capital Guangzhou and one in the neighboring Foshan City.
The capital city of Guangzhou has reported in excess of 13,000 people, or approximately 85 percent of the total.
In Taiwan, the Taiwanese CDC reports seeing 633 indigenous cases and nine imported cases between Sept. 23-29, with Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan alone accounting for 621 of the indigenous cases, according to a Focus Taiwan report. Experts say they may start seeing 1,000 cases a week in October.
As of Sept. 29, the CDC said, 3,231 dengue cases fever had been reported this year, ten times more than the number of cases during the same period of 2013.
CDC Deputy Director Chou Jih-haw says the CDC fears the country could see more than 5,000 cases in 2014, which will make it the most serious outbreak since 2002.