In a follow-up on the local dengue outbreak in Taiwan, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated today that according to their statistics, there were 125 new local cases of dengue fever in the country last week (July 4 to July 10, 2023).
The place of residence of the cases was Tainan City (104 cases), Yunlin County (13 cases), Kaohsiung City (7 cases) and Pingtung County (1 case).
The age of the cases ranged from less than 10 years old to more than 80 years old. Among them, 51 cases were female and 74 cases were male.
According to the CDC, the current two epidemic clusters in Tainan City are located at the junction of Rende District/East District in Tainan City, Wuwangli in Yongkang District and its surrounding Libie. Most of the new cases are related to the epidemic clusters. There is a gradual outward expansion trend in the distribution of cases, indicating that the epidemic is still likely to heat up, reminding the community that it must do its best to block possible hidden transmission chains.
As of July 10 this year, there have been a total of 298 local cases in Taiwan, including 267 in Tainan City, 19 in Yunlin County, 11 in Kaohsiung City, and 1 in Pingtung County. The number of cases nationwide has reached the highest since the same period in 2017.
There were 6 severe cases, 5 of which are still being hospitalized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appealed that it is currently the dengue fever epidemic period, with hot temperatures and occasional rainfall, which is conducive to the breeding of vector mosquitoes. Due to the distribution of Aedes albopictus, one of the vector mosquitoes of dengue fever, across Taiwan, and the frequent travel between north and south during the summer vacation, dengue fever may spread to other counties and cities. People are advised to take anti-mosquito measures during outdoor activities, such as wearing light-colored long-sleeved clothes For trousers, use mosquito repellants that contain active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, or IR-3535 approved by government agencies; and be sure to implement “inspection, pouring, cleaning, and brushing” and often check whether there are containers, canvas, waste tires or In water-logged places such as ditches, the walls of the water storage container should be brushed at least once a week, and turned upside down or removed when not in use to reduce the breeding of vector mosquitoes.