Date: February 18, 2016
A national-level research institute is being set up in the first half of 2016 by
the ROC government as a part of efforts to combat mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and the Zika virus.
The facility, backed by the National Health Research Institutes in collaboration with local governments and tertiary institutions, is expected to be located in southern Taiwan.
It will conduct clinical trials, implement an early warning system and monitor the routes of disease transmission. This should help Taiwan strengthen border quarantine, health care system preparedness, prevention of virus importation and vector control in the global fight against the Zika virus.
In addition, a Zika-combating central command center was set up Feb. 2 under Centers for Disease Control. This move is in line with the World Health Organization’s declaration of the virus as a public health emergency of international concern. [FULL STORY]