By Ko Lin
Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the dengue fever outbreak is currently at its peak season between the months of September and October, warning the public to take preventive measures against the disease when necessary, reports said Wednesday.
Dengue fever has since the beginning of summer affected 21 municipalities and counties, where 98.7 percent of victims are concentrated in southern Taiwan.
As of Tuesday, the number of dengue fever cases recorded in Taiwan has risen to 10,384, according to CDC figures.
The indigenous mosquito-borne disease has been observed in 18 counties across Taiwan, where 200 cases were foreign strains brought in from Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia. Currently, DEN-2 is the dominant strain circulating in Tainan, while DEN-1 is the dominant strain circulating in Kaohsiung.
According to CDC’s Liu Ting-pin, the acute epidemic continues to pick up in both Tainan and Kaohsiung, where the latter’s Sanmin District appears to be showing signs of worsening.
Eighteen people are confirmed to have died of the disease since May 1. Another 36 are suspected of having died of the disease, and their cases are still being reviewed, she said.
The public is once again urged to reinforce the removing of vector-breeding sites in and around their residences to ward off infection and ensure their own health and the health of others, the agency warned.