Through the month of September this year, nearly 19,000 dengue fever cases have been reported in Taiwan this year, a whole 3,000 cases above the annual record set in 2014 and it’s only the beginning of October.

Aedes mosquito
Aedes aegypti image/CDC

Although 514 new indigenous cases were reported Wednesday, the Taiwan CDC says  the number of average new weekly cases reported in Tainan City has been on the decline, indicating dengue activity in the city is slowing down. In Kaohsiung City, cases appear level.

Officially since this summer, a cumulative total of 18,879 indigenous dengue cases, including 16,211 cases in Tainan City, 2,356 cases in Kaohsiung City, 79 cases in Pingtung City and imported and sporadic cases in other cities in counties, have been confirmed.

Thus far, a cumulative total of 56 deaths were found to be linked with dengue infection. 43 deaths, including 41 from Tainan City and 2 from Kaohsiung City, are still waiting to be reviewed.