The number of locally acquired dengue fever cases in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan is increasing a rapid pace in August as health officials have reported 1,235 cases this summer as of Aug. 19, according to a Tainan City Health Bureau news release Thursday (computer translated).


About half the cases (662) have been reported in the North, while Annan District has seen 149 cases.

Focus Taiwan reports the city has seen in excess of 1,500 cases this year to date, including two deaths.

The movement of people, coupled with high vector mosquito density environments have greatly increased the risk of infection.

Tainan Mayor William Lai, along with public health and environmental officials, visited residential and commercial areas advising people on ways of preventing further spread of dengue fever.

In addition, officials at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan reported Friday on six cases in students, including three foreign students were attending a short-term Mandarin Chinese learning program at the university.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today

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