After reporting 44 additional dengue fever cases, including 38 locally acquired cases during the past week, Taiwan health officials report mobilizing staff members to support the inspection activities on the management and patrolling of houses, building and lands managed by central government agencies to eliminate possible vector breeding sources and set an example for the public to follow suit.
The Taiwan CDC reports during July 14 and 20, 2015, a total of 44 new dengue cases, including 38 indigenous dengue cases and 6 imported dengue cases from Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, were confirmed in Taiwan. Among the indigenous cases, 32 were confirmed in Tainan City, 4 were confirmed in Kaohsiung City, 1 was confirmed in Chiayi County and 1 was confirmed in Taichung City. Thus far this year, a cumulative total of 233 indigenous dengue cases have been confirmed in Taiwan and 131 cases have been confirmed since May.
Earlier this year, on April 24, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened a “Dengue Epidemic Coordination and Management Meeting”, which instructed relevant central government agencies to reinforce the management and patrolling of houses, buildings and lands managed by to eliminate possible vector breeding site even when there is not outbreak.
Since April 8, as of July 20, Taiwan CDC has identified 51 positive vector breeding sites at houses, buildings and lands managed by central government agencies. Beginning July 20, Taiwan CDC has dispatched staff members to southern Taiwan to support the inspection activities on the management and patrolling of houses, building and lands managed by central government agencies that are at increased risk for dengue transmission.
The activities are planned to last for at least 3 weeks and over 200 sites will be inspected. The inspection results will be forwarded to relevant agencies for improvement and management.