The Taiwan CDC is reporting today that a whopping 1,118 indigenous dengue fever cases were reported during the past week (August 18 to 24, 2015) prompting the health agency to urges schools at all levels to thoroughly remove all water-filled containers in and around campuses as a new school year was about to begin in order to prevent the transmission of the mosquito borne virus.
Of the 1,118 new locally acquired cases, 981 were confirmed in Tainan City, 115 were confirmed in Kaohsiung City, 4 were confirmed in Pingtung County, 2 were confirmed in Taichung City, and 1 was confirmed in New Taipei City.
Since this May, a cumulative total of 2,262 indigenous dengue cases have been confirmed, including 1,974 cases, including 4 deaths, in Tainan City, 261 cases in Kaohsiung City, and 27 sporadic cases in 8 other cities and counties, while a cumulative total of 164 imported cases have been confirmed and the majority of them were from Indonesia (72).
In response to the national emergency, the Taiwan CDC has set up a toll-free operation hotline, 1922, to answer questions about dengue from a concerned public.
Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today