Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Wednesday to take precautions
against dengue fever, as the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease is escalating quickly in the tropical south of the island.
Taiwan has reported 85 indigenous dengue fever cases during the week of July 21-27, compared with 38 in the previous week, according to the CDC.
The bulk of the reported cases were in Tainan municipality, which alone accounted for 78 new cases, while neighboring Kaohsiung reported six cases during the same period, the CDC said.
Taiwan has seen 216 indigenous dengue fever cases since May, with the ongoing hot and humid weather likely to increase the number, the agency warned.
The threat from abroad is increasing as well, the CDC said, adding that Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia have recorded more cases this year than usual. [FULL STORY]