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In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Taiwan, the Taiwan CDC report as of June 19, 17 local cases of dengue fever have been reported, all of whom live in Tainan City.

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Surveillance data from the CDC show that last week (June 13 to June 19, 2023) there were 16 new local cases of dengue fever, all of whom lived in Tainan City, including 12 cases in Rende District, 3 cases in East District and 1 case in Yongkang District. Cases, the new cases are related to the place of activity or residence of the first case, and it is judged as a cluster epidemic.

There are also 49 imported cases, and the infected countries are Indonesia (15 cases), Malaysia (12 cases), and Vietnam (7 cases). cases), Thailand (7 cases), Maldives (4 cases), India (2 cases), the Philippines (1 case) and Laos (1 case).

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In addition, 3 new confirmed cases of Japanese encephalitis have been confirmed in Taiwan, with 2 cases in Gangshan District, Kaohsiung City and 1 case in Xigang District, Tainan City. There are high-risk areas such as pig houses near the places of residence. As of June 19 this year, a total of 6 confirmed cases of Japanese encephalitis have been confirmed, with 4 cases in Kaohsiung City, 1 case each in Tainan City and Hualien County. Most of the cases are located near high-risk areas.

In Taiwan, the epidemic season of Japanese encephalitis is from May to October every year, and the epidemic peak is from June to July. From 2019 to 2022, the number of confirmed cases nationwide in the same period is 11, 6, 8, and 5, respectively, and most of them are adults over 40 years old.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appealed today to the public that this week coincides with the holiday of the Dragon Boat Festival, and people will have more opportunities to arrange travel. At present, it is the epidemic period of dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis, and the temperature in various places is high and there is rainfall.  If the public plans to go out or travel to dengue fever-endemic areas such as Southeast Asia, please implement anti-mosquito measures and self-monitor your health after returning to your country.