The dengue fever outbreak in southern Taiwan has got so bad, growing by another 607 indigenous cases Thursday, that mosquito repellents are currently out of stock in some areas. Tainan City saw 554 news cases alone.
Since this summer, a cumulative total of 8,060 indigenous dengue cases confirmed in 20 cities and counties have been reported. 98.8% of the cases were confirmed in southern Taiwan and the rest are sporadic cases.
Of this total, 18 dengue-related deaths have been reported with another 24 deaths, including 23 from Tainan City and 1 from Kaohsiung City, are still waiting to be reviewed.
In light of the continuing threats and challenges posed by the ongoing dengue outbreaks, Taiwan CDC is convening a Dengue Expert Advisory Meeting, which will be attended by several domestic and international public health, healthcare and environmental experts, to discuss and formulate medium- and long-term plans for dengue prevention and control, prevention and treatment strategies and health communication policies.