There have been nearly 150 cases of dengue fever infections reported on the island this year.
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Typhoon Nesat left many puddles on the streets and objects
filled with rain water in Taiwan, which could increase the possibility of dengue fever outbreaks, said Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), deputy director general at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 疾病管制署) Sunday. He advised the public to clean up containers or objects where mosquitoes are likely to breed.
Typhoon Nesat brought pouring rain to the island, particularly in southern Taiwan, which led to many streets and areas brimming with rainwater. As people are bracing for the incoming tropical storm Haitang, they should also pay attention to potential dengue fever outbreaks, said the CDC.
“Rainwater is likely to accumulate in outdoor containers, where mosquitoes can breed in mass numbers between one to two weeks,” said Chuang, adding that “people should clean up containers and objects such as tires, cans, bottles, and potted plants around their neighborhood if they are filled with rainwater.” [FULL STORY]