The Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology reported an additional 5,500 dengue fever cases during the past week with the new cumulative total (Dengue fever, DHF and DHS) now at 86,460. In addition, four additional fatalities have been reported bringing the total to 86.
All 77 provinces plus Bangkok have reported dengue fever cases this year.
In Taiwan, health officials say the dengue fever situation is stabilizing, with less cases being reported in Tainan City and slightly more cases being reported in Kaohsiung City.
Through concerted interventions, including removing vector habitats and chemical control of vector mosquitoes, implemented by the central and local governments, the ongoing dengue outbreak in Tainan City has been gradually brought under control.
Nevertheless, as dengue activity usually peaks around this time of the year, emergency insecticide spraying will not be able to eliminate vector mosquito larvae in water containers. Hence, the public is urged to remain vigilant for dengue fever and reinforce the emptying and cleaning of vector breeding sites in and around their residences in order to ward off the disease.
As of Oct. 6, 21,357 dengue fever cases have been reported in Taiwan in 2015.
Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today