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By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Typhoon Bailu made landfall Saturday afternoon in Taiwan and in the aftermath of the storm, health officials once again stress that the week after the rain is a critical period for dengue and other infectious diseases prevention and control.

China-Taiwan map/Rintojiang

Residents are reminded to remove standing water from containers in their surroundings, which could become breeding sites for mosquito larvae.

In addition, the public is warned against wading or being barefoot in flood waters due to the risk of leptospirosis, the risk of tetanus and cleaning up debris and contaminated drinking water.

Concerning dengue cases in the country, the Department of Disease Control announced that there was a new case of local dengue fever in Tainan. It is a 30-year-old male in Datong, Eastern District. There is no history of travel abroad.

This brings the local dengue total to 75 this year–Kaohsiung City (51), Tainan City (20), New Taipei City (2) and one each in Taoyuan City and Taipei.

There has also been 327 imported dengue cases reported in Taiwan this year.